Learning to Live under Dictatorship without Accepting it

Posted September 22, 2010 from Honduras

Ever since I remember, my country has had democratic governments until now. We had been told that democracy is the way to achieve fairness and social justice. And I believe that. I always thought that coup d’états existed just as a dark part of our history, actually to be quite honest, I never even dedicated a great deal of thinking on this regards but I was wrong: we do have to think about it and to learn from that past.

Since June 28 of 2009, we have been learning a lot even if sometimes is difficult to imagine that reality will defeat fiction. Our lives had changed since that day. A great wave of violence had stroked our sky, our cities, our streets and especially our bodies. We´ve been living among cruelty, soldiers had invaded the streets and every day a member of the Resistance is killed or kidnapped. In only one year, we have had to deal with pain, impotence, rage, fear and hopelessness. They had been trying to cover this dictatorship but just by walking on the streets you notice that this is a country taken by the military forces so we get creative and try to learn how deal with the threats, how not to get kill, detained, raped or kidnapped . Still we refuse to resign the idea of democracy: the real one, the one that had been stolen from us with guns, tear gases, beatings and death. That´s why we go out and protest even if we put our lives in danger. Because the coup has also given us a strong, diverse and creative social democratic movement that Resist this regime so we can keep rising our voices and hoping one day everything will change.

Feminists in Resistance

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