Update 3: (Via RAJ) Now the regime is arresting poets and their kiddies. TeleSur reports that Rebecca Becerra was nabbed, and her eight year old daughter also taken, on the allegation that she took a document from the Ministry of Culture. Becerra has accused the Pretend Minister of Culture, Myrna Castro, of corruption. Becerra was neither read her rights nor accused of any specific crime during her detention, she said.
Ángel Salgado, a milkman who driving with some friends to play some soccer when he ran afoul of a temporary military blockade on Nov. 26th, died from a gunshot wound to the head. The soldiers took everything that could have incriminated them, including the 4000 lempiras in his wallet.
EFE says the OAS faces a very tense debate tomorrow on what to do about Honduras.
Via Hondurasoye, the link to the OAS meeting is here. It begins at 3PM Eastern.
From the State Department Alternative Reality Universe:
ASSISTANT SECRETARY VALENZUELA: Yes. Thanks very much. As you know, the Honduran congress voted yesterday not to reinstate President Manuel Zelaya to the Honduran presidency. We’re disappointed by this decision since the United States had hoped the Congress would have approved his return. And our policy since June 28 has been consistently principled, and we’ve condemned the coup d’état and have continued to accept President Zelaya as the democratically elected and legitimate leader of Honduras throughout this political crisis.
However, the decision taken by Congress, which it carried out in an open and transparent manner, was in accordance with its mandate in Article 5 of the Tegucigalpa-San Jose Accord. Both President Zelaya and Mr. Micheletti agreed to this accord on October 30th…
Under the Tegucigalpa-San Jose Accord, the next steps in this process should be the expeditious formation of a national unity government and the establishment of a truth commission.
And there’s the lie. The national unity government was supposed to be established on Nov. 2.
Tamar Sharabi has an interview with a Honduran woman’s movement leader on UpsideDown World:
Merlin Eguigure helped organize an event on Nov. 25 for the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The next day while leaving a restaurant in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, members of COBRA, the special police force, ambushed her. They searched her car and detained her and two companions for having spray paint in the car. They were jailed for almost 24 hours. Merlin had used the paint to create artistic banners for the previous day’s activities. The District Attorney’s office charged her with ‘property damage’, but her case is still under investigation, and other charges can still be added.
Her real crime is being a part of the “Movement of Women for Peace Visitacion Padilla” and a ‘Feminist in Resistance,’ and for speaking out against the coup regime that took power on June 28.
Via Adrienne, Mario de Queiroz, IPS News:
Former Nicaraguan foreign minister Miguel d’Escoto, who presided over the United Nations General Assembly from September 2008 to September 2009, said the coup set an “appalling precedent” and described Sunday’s elections as “illegitimate.”
“Arias is a fraud,” said d’Escoto, “because this Nobel Peace Prize-winner is the biggest obstacle to progress in the region and its emancipation from Washington.”
Also via Adrienne:
The election website maintained by the Supreme Electoral Court (TSE) is a wreck. At this moment (a bit past midnight Eastern), it lists zero votes for all candidates. So, candidates (down ballot) are camping out at the computer center to make sure that their votes aren’t erased.
On TeleSur, Zelaya has pointed out the obvious: Constitutionally, the Congress did not have the right to remove him, and their vote to deny him restitution is equally vain.
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva warned Tuesday that cooperating with the new president of Honduras Porfirio Lobo would pose a “serious threat” to democracy in Latin America….
“It is a matter of common sense, of principle. We cannot make concessions with the coup leader (or) deal with political vandalism,” he said. “If this was done, democracy in Latin America would face a serious threat.”