Unión Cívica Democrática

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Demonstrators in Tegucigalpa on July 1, 2009
Demonstrators lighting candles in support of peace.

Unión Cívica Democrática (UCD, English: Civic Democratic Union) is a network of forty Honduran activist organizations, which took an active part during the 2009 Honduran constitutional crisis, promoting several demonstrations against the former ousted president Manuel Zelaya.[1]

Mission[edit]

Its supporters claim the organization defends democracy and the constitution of Honduras, while its opponents claim it rather defends the interests of the local elite.
The organization's official mission is:[2]

  • To contribute to strengthening civil society.
  • Promote institutional mechanisms for dialogue between different sectors of civil society and political parties and the state.
  • Promote actions to strengthen public awareness and mobilize civil society to support universally accepted principles of collective welfare.

Events[edit]

  • June 26, 2009 - Demonstration for democracy and the constitution. Other organizations included the Peace and Democracy Movement.[3]
  • June 30, 2009 - Demonstrations. In an emotional speech, Armeda Lopez said "Chávez ate Venezuela first, then Bolivia, but in Honduras that didn't happen". Signboards included "Enough to illegality", "I love my Constitution".[4]
  • July 3, 2009–70,000 people demonstrated for the constitution and against Zelaya.[5]
  • July 7, 2009 - Demonstrations in six cities. The demonstrations were called El Plantón del Millón.[6]
  • July 22, 2009 - A hundred thousand demonstrators dressed in blue and white.[7]
  • August 20, 2009 - UCD files a complaint to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights concerning Zelaya's and his followers' alleged violence and hate campaigns in Honduras.[8]
  • August 24, 2009 - Thousands of people dressed in white demonstrate outside OAS building.[9]
  • September 4, 2009 - UCD participated in marches expressing opposition to Hugo Chávez. The demonstrations were part of the worldwide No Más Chávez (No More Chávez) day.[10]
  • September 24, 2009 - Thousands demonstrating outside the United Nations building in Tegucigalpa.[11]
  • September 28, 2009 - A march supporting the oncoming general elections on November 29.[12]
  • October 1, 2009 - UCD supported decree PCM-M-016-2009 issued by interim government, suspending for 45 days five constitutional rights: personal liberty (Article 69), freedom of expression (Article 72), freedom of movement (Article 81), habeas corpus (Article 84) and freedom of association.[13] Its spokesperson, Luz Ernestina Mejia, endorsed the closing during this period of critical media, namely Radio Globo and Canal 36, stating "We are against the repeated crimes of these journalists".[14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Political Science Chair Anthony Pereira moderates WACNO Honduran Panel. Tulane University
  2. ^ "Misión" (in Spanish). Unión Cívica Democrática. 
  3. ^ "Por la democracia y la constitución" (in Spanish). La Prensa. 2009-06-26. Archived from the original on 2009-12-20. 
  4. ^ "Plantón por la paz y democracia" (in Spanish). La Tribuna. 2009-06-30. Archived from the original on 2009-12-21. 
  5. ^ "El pueblo vuelve a rechazar a Zelaya" (in Spanish). La Prensa. 2009-07-03. Archived from the original on 2009-12-20. 
  6. ^ "Hondureños de todas las edades unidos por la paz" (in Spanish). La Tribuna. 2009-07-07. Archived from the original on 2009-12-21. 
  7. ^ "No to the return of Mel, ask in manifestation" (in Spanish). La Prensa. 2009-07-22. Archived from the original on 2009-12-20. 
  8. ^ "Unión Cívica presenta denuncias a la Cidh" (in Spanish). La Prensa. 2009-08-20. Archived from the original on 2009-12-20. 
  9. ^ "UCD pide a cancilleres respeto a Constitución" (in Spanish). La Prensa. 2009-08-24. Archived from the original on 2009-12-20. 
  10. ^ "Hondureños gritan al mundo: "No más Chávez"" (in Spanish). La Prensa. 2009-09-04. Archived from the original on 2009-12-20. 
  11. ^ "Honduras más independiente que nunca" (in Spanish). La Prensa. 2009-09-24. Archived from the original on 2009-12-20. 
  12. ^ "UCD y partidos a marcha por la democracia" (in Spanish). El Heraldo. 2009-09-28. Archived from the original on 2009-12-20. 
  13. ^ Ordaz, Pablo (2009-09-28). "Micheletti ordena el cierre de los medios de comunicación afines a Zelaya" (in Spanish). El País. Archived from the original on 2009-10-19. Retrieved 2009-10-19. 
  14. ^ Your Tax Dollars At Work "Promoting" Democracy, Honduras Coup 2009

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