The Anonymous hacking collective has announced its support for protestors in Honduras, launching Operation Honduras on April 2 under the hashtag #OpHonduras
The new operation is in support of protests that have swept the Central American country over the past week in response to the governments attempts to reform education and health care, reforms that the protestors believe will be responsible for mass unemployment and privatisation. The bulk of the protestors are students and healthcare workers.
In a situation that has similarities to the Gilets Jaunes protests against neoliberalism in France, the media seem disinclined to publicise or report on the situation in Honduras. And, in what serves as a warning to those sponsoring the right-wing coup in Venezuela, many of the protestors are laying the blame for the situation in the country at the feet of the United States and the effects of the U.S. backed coup of 2009.
The coup saw President Manuel Zelaya seized by the military and sent into exile in Costa Rica in a coup d’état, the coup coming after Zelaya began to drift to the left politically. Emails released by the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2015 and 2016 showed that while President Obama was publicly condemning the coup, his administration was also engaging with the plotters.
“On the one hand, they condemned the coup, but on the other hand, they were negotiating with the leaders of the coup.”President Manuel Zelaya
The protestors are now demanding an end to U.S. imperialism in the country as they reject the controversial reforms and demand the resignation of current President Juan Orlando Hernández. A right-wing nationalist, Hernández was reelected to the Presidency in 2017 after an election that was widely criticised as fraudulent, yet accepted as legitimate by the U.S. government.
With Anonymous now joining their cause and international attention slowly beginning to turn after the failure of the American backed coup against Maduro in Venezuela, the protestors have stated that their actions will not cease until either Hernández is forced from office or he has shelved the plans for internal reform.