The 2009 US-backed coup in Honduras caused the migration crisis US President Donald Trump has weaponized, creating a situation where “everybodys making money except the Honduran people,” writer Max Blumenthal tells RT America.
Honduran President Orlando Hernandez is “hated by every sector of society,” Blumenthal told RT Americas Rick Sanchez, explaining that the leader – who stands accused by a US court of using $1.5 million in narcotrafficking profits to fund his election, even as Washington allows him to travel freely and funds his regimes brutal crackdown on protesters – has allowed foreign corporations to pillage Honduras while plunging his own people into poverty.
Since the coup that removed Zelaya from power in 2009, Honduras has become one of the most violent countries in the planet. Poverty has doubled, electricity prices have doubled following the industrys privatization, and the medical industry is currently being privatized – triggering the massive anti-government protests that the western media is ignoring completely.
“Thats the root cause of the migration crisis … is what the US did to that country in imposing this coup,” Blumenthal said. “This coup, the migration crisis it caused, and our neoliberal policies in Honduras played a giant role in electing Trump, who weaponized anti-immigrant sentiment and weaponized the migration wave to stir up” his base.