The Movement Against the Coup in Honduras

  • Eugenio SosaEmail author
Part of the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research book series (HSSR)


This chapter examines popular resistance to the 2009 military coup in Honduras. The magnitude and duration of the anti-coup movement was unprecedented in Honduran history. National and regional analysts were surprised by the capacity for mobilization and resistance demonstrated by the Honduran people. This chapter seeks to help answer two questions: first, what factors explain the development of a broad mass movement following the coup? Second, what are the characteristics of this social protest movement? We can approach an answer to the question about the factors that explain the emergence and development of the lasting, mass movement against the military coup by examining four aspects: (1) the alliance of social movement organizations with President Zelaya, (2) the trend toward reactivation of social protest in the country, (3) the existence of “mobilizing structures,” and (4) the defense of democracy as a general ideological framework.


Military coup Honduras National Resistance Front (FNRP) Manuel Zelaya Social movements Neoliberalism 


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  1. 1.UNAHTegucigalpaHonduras

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