December 18, 1993 |
When he campaigned for the presidency of Honduras, Carlos Roberto Reina vowed to reform the powerful army, end the draft and remove the police from military control. He even hinted that he would trim the sacrosanct military budget. But within days of his landslide victory last month, Reina heard from the army that has dominated Honduras for decades. "No way," said the army's commander, Gen. Luis Discua, when asked about possible cuts in the estimated $40 million allotted the military annually.
November 3, 1990 |
The Honduran government will fire as many as 10,000 of its 60,000 state workers as part of a severe economic austerity plan launched in April, officials said Friday. The workers will be dismissed in January, 1991, in an attempt to reduce the Central American nation's $117-million fiscal deficit, a government spokesman said.
August 7, 1990 |
Bowing to an army occupation of the company town of La Lima and its sprawling plantations, Honduras' banana workers union accepted a government-proposed wage boost and returned to work Monday, ending a seven-week strike against a giant multinational fruit grower. The settlement Sunday night was a relief not only for Honduras' premier private employer, Chiquita Brands International, but also for the civilian government of President Rafael L.
August 6, 1990 |
Reeling from Honduras' costliest labor feud in 36 years, the civilian government sent army troops onto banana plantations and censored radio broadcasts Sunday to help an American multinational fruit company end a seven-week-old strike by 10,000 workers. Two workers and an undercover police officer were wounded outside the Chiquita Brands headquarters here when a soldier fired his machine gun into an angry crowd Saturday night.
June 18, 1990 |
The presidents of five Central American nations, emerging from a decade of violent conflict and deepening poverty, agreed Sunday night on an ambitious plan to integrate their economies. The accord calls for setting up an Economic Community of the Central American Isthmus to coordinate every aspect of development--including trade policy, debt management, food production, environmental protection and the quest for foreign aid.
February 25, 1989 |
The day he died, Gustavo Alvarez Martinez awoke before dawn, entered his study and opened a Bible. Spreading his hands over a map of Honduras, he prayed for his people: "Blessed is the nation whose God is Jehovah." As military commander in chief from 1982 to 1984, Gen. Alvarez was a powerful U.S. ally who battled communism by force of arms. He waged a fierce counterinsurgency campaign at home, helped launch the war by U.S.