Civil Society's reaction to the decision of the National Congress was brief:
"The civil society group CCERP presented to the minister of Culture and coordinator of the Social Cabinet, Rodolfo Pastor, its renunciation of the approval of a General National Budget that transfers part of the funds from cancelled debt to a budget consignment that will be managed by a Council of mayors (with parallel structure to CCERP), as well as the approval of only very ambiguous criteria that will likely lead to the politicization of the PRS. In a special session of the CCERP, Blanca Barahona, temporary coordinator of the civil society sector of CCFRP, supported by the rest of the group, argued that this decision is irrevocable if there is not a repeal and a corrected version of the article issued on the part of the Honduran government. Concurrently, a large group of regional representatives demonstrated near the Legislative building, demanding from Congress the repeal of the article that nearly eliminates the Law of the Fund for Poverty Reduction and minimizes the role of the CCERP."
The decision of the Consultative Council of the Fund for Poverty Reduction (CCFRP) took many spheres of society by surprise, including the Executive and Legislative powers as well as International bodies, none of whom anticipated any protest of this extent. As a result of the news, the civil society members of the Council began a series of public demonstrations, interviews and press conferences to try to force a legislative correction; at the same time the Legislative chamber and the Government embarked upon a campaign to discredit civil society and try to divide the movement.
What and who are the CCFRP? Who elected them? Who do they represent? These were some of the many questions being posed in the media with the aim of disinformation and evasion of discussion of the fact that 700 million Lempiras (more than... [continues]
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