The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Honduran Trade Unionist Found Murdered

Mar 1, 2010

The body of Vanessa Yamileth Zepeda was found in a neighborhood of Tegucigalpa, Honduras on February 4. Zepeda was a leader of the Workers Union for the Honduran Social Security Institute. She had been abducted that afternoon while leaving a union meeting and later fatally shot.

Trade unionists are among the strongest and largest factions resisting the military coup that kicked out the elected President Manuel Zelaya last June. Since the coup, a number of people have been killed, most of them by police and soldiers firing on crowds or attacking people during protests. Thousands more have been arrested.

On January 27, the military installed a supposedly elected civilian government that is nothing but a front. Since then, there have been 10 to 15 assassinations of resistance members and leaders.

The kidnapping, torture and assassination of activists like Zepeda evokes memories of the brutal right-wing death squads of the 1980s in Central America and Colombia.

This same military coup and right-wing terror has been fully supported from the beginning by the Obama administration.