The recent news of the coup in Honduras had special significance because it was the first against an ALBA country. ALBA stands for Alianza Bolivariana para los Pueblos de Nuestra América – the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America. It also means dawn in Spanish.
ALBA is the Bolivarian alternative for the Americas and grew out of discussions between Cuba and Venezuela (in fact, Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez). It was born in opposition to the US-led Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), and its membership is growing.
Before the creation of ALBA, several of its member countries had been subject to deliberate and vicious, usually American-inspired, destabilisation, including a coup attempt against Chavez in Venezuela in 2002, and more recently an attempt on the life of Evo Morales, President of Bolivia since 2006. The first representative of an indigenous people to be elected in Latin America, Morales (a trade union leader) received a resounding democratic mandate by being re-elected. So he is an obvious target for the fascist opposition in Bolivia.
Eduardo Flores, the Hungarian leader of the conspiracy to assassinate Morales, was born in Bolivia and belonged to circles in Hungarian society close to the Jobbik neo-Nazi party. Flores had joined the Croatian army in the early 1990s and taken part in various battles.
Flores left Croatia when he was accused of trafficking arms and drugs, and returned to Hungary in 1994 where he collaborated with neo-Nazi groups. Two of the other conspirators in the attempt to assassinate Morales have similar biographies. One of them was killed in the assault, whilst the other is currently in detention. Both are members of paramilitary organisations that plan commando attacks.