Still mostly offline today.
Update3: Now we have an explanation from Tiempo for why the TSE said that abstention was only 40%, while the exit polling firm said it was at least 52%: the TSE decided to elminate from its count all kinds of people. But this also suggests that the final count, if it’s anywhere near honest, will show at least 58% abstention– because over 6% of the ballots are blank or spoiled, which an exit poll can’t measure.
Here’s the story about Marcia Facusse de Villeda as the forgeress of the Zelaya “renunciation letter.” Innocent until proven guilty, of course. Three hundred voting kits (maletas; lit. suitcases) out of 15,000 showed irregularities such as missing certifications.
Via Adrienne, the National Lawyers Guild has called on the USG not to accept the elections.
The Quixote Center has film of police repression here.
Update2: The election is going backward! Look at the TSE report as of 8:40PM Eastern, which shows a 10.41% count with 239,526 votes!?!?! (well, ok, you probably can’t read it at this resolution. But the Lobo count is 143K and the Santos count is 73K.) Why should anyone believe this…stuff?
Channel 36 is back up. Esdras Amado Lopez is headlining a report that the Congressman (Marcia Facusse de Villeda) who filed the forged Zelaya letter has been requerido (officially summoned) and subjected to a handwriting analysis. [On CNN, she claimed that Zelaya and his whole cabinet had resigned]. Lopez promises to show her denials are lies. Now a Zelaya advisor Carlos Reina Garcia is demanding (I don’t think he’s speaking on Zelaya’s behalf) that Zelaya’s lost time in office should be restored. He says that the “Accord” of Tegucigalpa-San Jose is a dead letter and that the elections should be annulled. Reina Garcia is calling for an international tribunal to try the charges against Zelaya. Good for him. Esdras says that the Constituyente was not the cause of the crisis.
From Tiempo: Canada is weaseling its way toward recognizing the Lobo government by asking it to form a unity government, despite the fact that a unity government (i.e., Micheletti) has already been formed. Congress meets tomorrow to give Zelaya the finger one more time (Tiempo doesn’t say the latter part of that).
CEPR at Upside Down World:
Mark Weisbrot, Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research.
“Only a few governments that the U.S. State Department can heavily influence will recognize these elections,” said Weisbrot. “The rest of the world recognizes that you cannot carry out free or fair elections under a dictatorship that has overthrown the elected President by force and used violence, repression, and media censorship against political opponents for the entire campaign period leading up the vote, including election day.”
In Tegucigalpa, the Washington-based human rights organization Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL): “On election day, November 29, there were a number of incidents that confirmed the climate of repression in which the electoral process took place, which represented the consolidation of the coup d’etat of June 28th.”
CEJIL described “a climate of harassment, violence, and violation of the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly” on election day, and called for the release of people arrested by security forces.
Update: Official Honduran turnout continues to drop. Now down to 1,527,969 with 70% count completed as of 1:50PM Eastern.
RAJ has an excellent account of how the Anglo press has completely distorted Lula’s response to whether Brazil would recognize the elections:
[No, no, no, no. Absolutely, no.]
into a significant softening of Brazil’s position, as signaled by this:
If something new happens, we can discuss it.
As RAJ says, “Watch for the storyline now to become some sort of brief restoration [of Zelaya]. But don’t believe everything you read.”
My response: “I don’t believe anything I read. The US media read as if they are following a script for a play. Periodically we hear a recognizable motif, like the “Paranoid Anti-Semitic Dictator Etude” or the “Chorale in Marxist Minor,” and the rest of the time, it is toneless chants of “Democracy good, [insert name of scapegoat] bad.” So the current tune is “Pep Rally: Group Hug,” in which countries supporting the coup are in front of the microphone, while those who oppose are on mute. Does anyone seriously think that will have any effect on reality except perhaps on the American political scene?
It’s not clear to me why anyone pays to listen to this kind of weird modern theater. Trying to pick out facts that could lead one to make a reasonable opinion is like going through a dumpster looking for an unsullied apple pie. “