We ran out of words.

Jerson Martinez. University Student and Writer.

In Honduras, it appears that the words used to describe “something bad” in relation to the government have now been exhausted. The reaction emoji of “I am amazed” on facebook posts has been deployed in total disuse for the negative actions of the Government; people give a “laughing emoji” to the corruption, therefore the cynicism and shamelessness is such that nothing is surprising anymore. When more emblematic cases of corruption from public officials “come to light” it is simply the official publication of something that people already suspected.

This may have two reactions: it may well be the germ of a unanimous popular insurrection in the face of “so much corruption” – as expressed by anyone who is interviewed on issues related to public administration in Honduras – or, it can have a negative consequence: making people fall into a “social passivity”. It is to say that like any adolescent with an existential crisis, they simply do not care what happens around them; the “live and let live” or “every man for himself” trap.

Examples of the first interpretation of “it doesn’t amaze me” (that of the insurrection) were the crowded torchlight marches in 2015; the convulsive protests after the electoral fraud of 2017; the former days of social demonstration in 2019 in which the non-privatization of health and education was demanded – or the most recent: “Where’s the money?” of 2020. They are signs of hope in the history of the Honduran people whose “sin” is to keep alive the primitive yearning for justice.

What is a virus? What is a parasite? What is a pandemic? What is a hurricane? It doesn’t really matter, if it describes something bad, the Honduran government should be called that: “the virus of corruption,” “the pandemic of corruption,” “the hurricane of corruption.”

By Jerson Martinez.

Published by Ben Anson

Young writer with a passion for Latin American and Caribbean affairs.

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