Simón Farabundo Ríos, "Anatomy of the Golpe in Honduras: Interview with Manuel Antonio Villa"

10 July, 2009 — MRZine – Monthly Review

On my last day in Tegucigalpa, I conducted an interview with writer/documentarian Manuel Antonio Villa, 37, who for the last seven years has traveled through his country studying the economic circumstances of the peasantry and the workers. For Villa, Honduras has entered a new, revolutionary era, while the golpe against Mel Zelaya has commenced a decisive moment for the history of Latin America.

What has your involvement been in the current struggle?

I involved myself in the social process, (I don’t want to call it a struggle yet), because since my first book I have postulated that the decisions of government aren’t made in the common interest, especially in the National Congress. Currently I have been making audio-visual works about what is taking place, because we have to circumvent the media blackout. Also we have contributed to information and networking on the internet, and have maintained an active presence in the marches against the golpe.

I have to mention that not only I, but also a great number of writers and filmmakers, have seen over the last four years a polarization of wealth that has made us react.

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