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Ana Gabriela Rivera: Human Rights, Resistance, and the Movement for Peoples' Power in Honduras

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Date:  Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Presenter:   Ana Gabriela Rivera is a 25-year-old resistance leader from the organization Los Necios based in Honduras' capital, Tegucigalpa. She spoke on her formative experiences in the organization as well as the current conditions in Honduras, providing a firsthand account of the resistance movement in Honduras. In her words: "This November 24, 2013, Hondurans will head to polls, just over four years after a brutal coup ousted elected President Manuel Zelaya on June 28, 2009. In the past four years Hondurans have experienced severe repression from brutality in breaking up peaceful protests to the straightforward assassinations of political leaders including 104 peasant cooperative leaders in the Aguan Valley, 59 lawyers, 39 journalists, 99 LGBQT activists, and dozens of unionists and teachers. Yet Hondurans have organized an unprecedented resistance movement in all sectors of the nation. The Honduras Solidarity Network is calling on people nationwide to stand for free and fair elections in Honduras without US interference."

Since the 2009 military coup d'etat in Honduras that ousted President Manuel Zelaya, Ana Rivera has been active in the Honduran Resistance movement, which arose in opposition to the coup. As a coordinator of the Feminist Marxist Collective called Las Necias, a branch of the Organización Política Los Necios, Ana Rivera has emerged as a prominent leader in the struggle for LGBT rights, environmental rights, and women's rights in Honduras.

On November 24, 2013, Hondurans will head to the polls for the presidential election. As the militarized elections in November 2009 were considered fraudulent by almost all international organizations, these elections represent a crucial time in Honduran history. Join us to learn more about the grassroots struggle for human rights and democracy in Honduras.

For reference, please see the event flyer.

For a video of the event, please see below.