Honduran President inaugurates Museum of Memory | News

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The President of Honduras, Xiomara Castro, inaugurated on Wednesday the Museum of Memory and Reconciliation in what used to be the Presidential House, located in the center of Tegucigalpa, 14 years after the coup perpetrated against former president José Manuel Zelaya Rosales in 2009.


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Castro stressed that the first act of his government was to approve the Law for the Reconstruction of the Constitutional State of Law and for Facts Not to Repeat, to condemn the coup, compensate its victims and move towards reflection and historical memory .

“Today, with the opening of this Museum of Memory and Reconciliation, we create a space for reflection, a space for learning, a place to meet, to listen to silenced voices and rebuild the fundamental values ​​of the creation of our Homeland. Building memory and reconciliation is a complex task," he stressed.

The Head of State reported that the Secretariat for Human Rights formulated the project to establish the National Day of Truth, Memory and Justice, in addition to the approval of an Executive Decree through which the State assumes the responsibility of supporting the victims of unconstitutional coup and their relatives.

"To those who with their sacrifice taught us that the liberation of our country is not a gift, but a right that we must defend with all our might, we are here to tell you that your names will remain engraved in the collective memory as a symbol of courage and resistance," he recalled.

According to the Government Press Secretary, the president joined the public attending the evening to chant the names of the heroic men and women who gave their lives to oppose the breach of the constitutional order, such as Isy Obed Murillo, Roger Vallejo, Wendy Ávila and others.

“Compatriots: together we can build the great Homeland, the dream of Morazán, Bolívar, and Martí. Honduras today opens its fraternal arms to the solid altar of justice and democratic socialism that we can build only on the basis of a fair and inclusive system," concluded the head of state.

The event was attended by former President Manuel Zelaya, the president of the Supreme Court of Justice, Rebeca Raquel Obando; the former president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, representatives of the National Congress and international guests who accompanied the people of Honduras during the 2009 coup.

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