Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Walter Trochez presente!

Another murder by the U.S.-backed thugs who have held the nation of Honduras siege since June. On Sunday the golpistas' death squad goons assassinated Walter Trochez, a courageous gay activist, leader of the Honduran LGBT community, and stalwart of the National Resistance Front against the golpistas. Nine days earlier they'd kidnapped and beaten him, but he escaped and spoke out even more loudly. Now this.

Details here, direct from the Resistance. Also here, here, and here; these last three are variations on the same report, but some also have various comments from folks who knew and worked with Walter in Honduras.

And what is the U.S. government's take on all this? The U.S. government whose military base was the first spot to which the golpistas transported the rightfully elected president, Manuel Zelaya, when they kidnapped him in June? Well, last month, W. Louis Anselem, President Obama's envoy to the Organization of American States charged with talks on Honduras, had this to say about the plans by the vast majority of Hondurans to boycott the fraudulent Nov. 29 elections: "I'm not trying to be a wiseguy, but what does that mean ... in the real world, not in the world of magical realism?"

U.S. imperialism, neocolonialism, supercilious cultural racism: there it all is, in a nutshell. And now, in the real world, Walter Trochez has died. As have the nine other gay and trans people recently killed by the coup regime, and the scores of others mowed down for refusing to accept the overturning of democracy in their country. In an open letter last month, Walter Trochez wrote, "As a revolutionary, I will always defend my people, even if it takes my life."

Walter Trochez, presente!