Historian Dana Frank On Honduran Politics, U.S. Intervention

A police officer throws a tear gas at grenade at demonstrators during a protest against the government of Honduras’ President Juan Orlando Hernandez, outside the campus of the National Autonomous University in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. Hernandez was re-elected in a result marred by irregularities and denounced by his opponents as unconstitutional.
A police officer throws a tear gas at grenade at demonstrators during a protest against the government of Honduras' President Juan Orlando Hernandez, outside the campus of the National Autonomous University in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. Hernandez was re-elected in a result marred by irregularities and denounced by his opponents as unconstitutional. Fernando Antonio / AP Photo
A police officer throws a tear gas at grenade at demonstrators during a protest against the government of Honduras’ President Juan Orlando Hernandez, outside the campus of the National Autonomous University in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. Hernandez was re-elected in a result marred by irregularities and denounced by his opponents as unconstitutional.
A police officer throws a tear gas at grenade at demonstrators during a protest against the government of Honduras' President Juan Orlando Hernandez, outside the campus of the National Autonomous University in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. Hernandez was re-elected in a result marred by irregularities and denounced by his opponents as unconstitutional. Fernando Antonio / AP Photo

Historian Dana Frank On Honduran Politics, U.S. Intervention

Venezuela is not the only Latin American country facing an exodus of its citizens. Many Hondurans are fleeing state violence as well. What sets the two countries apart, however, is the immense support the United States State Department has thrown behind Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, whose 2017 election was broadly seen as illegitimate. Historian Dana Frank has been on the ground for many of the anti-democratic movements in Honduras for the last decade. Last year she released a book entitled The Long Honduran Night: Resistance, Terror and the United States in the Aftermath of the Coup. Frank, a professor of history at the University of California Santa Cruz, joins Worldview to discuss Honduran politics and the long history and present of U.S. intervention in Latin America.