The US historically and consistently practices intervention in Latin American countries. IFCLA’s Demilitarization programming advances awareness of the reality and impacts of US intervention, focusing on the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. IFCLA strives to educate the St. Louis community on the ways that US financial intervention, military training, and corporate exploitation have led to the intentional overthrow of democratically elected governments, reinforced repression, and fueled civil wars which have killed countless civilians in these countries. Through education and action, we seek to build a network of concerned allies who are prepared to engage elected officials and work for policy change in the US to end these devastating interventions.
In Honduras, the impact of US intervention is very clearly evident. The US played an instrumental role in the 2009 military coup coup d'état that resulted in the presidency of Juan Orlando Hernández (JOH). Many Hondurans call this presidency “the dictatorship” in recognition of its political atrocities. This dictatorship is reminiscent of other police states in Central American history: state-sponsored repression, political assassinations, arbitrary arrests, torture, suspension of due process, criminalization of peaceful protest, death threats, intimidation, political corruption and a widespread culture of impunity.