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UPDATE2! The Honduran coup enters the second day

Posted by Charles II on June 29, 2009

Update2: Aporrea reports that Nicaragua, El Salvador, and most amazingly Guatemala have imposed trade sanctions on Honduras. Separately, Chavez will propose suspending oil shipments. I bet those aircraft and minitanks will not work so well without fuel.

The new name for the usurper Micheletti is Gorille…tti (I’ve anglicized it from the actual spelling by Aporrea, “Goriletti.”)

Update!: Al Giordano reports:

Community Radio “Es Lo de Menos” was the first to report that the Fourth Infantry Battalion has rebelled from the military coup regime in Honduras. The radio station adds that “it seems” (“al parecer,” in the original Spanish) that the Tenth Infantry Battalion has also broken from the coup.

We may be witnessing the beginning of the end of a short-lived coup in Honduras.

Kristin Bricker reports:

Congressman Cesar Ham is a Zelaya Ally and Organizer of the Opinion Poll on a New Constitution

Correction: News reports translated by Narco News on Monday that Honduran political leader Cesar Ham had been assassinated appear not to be accurate. This report says otherwise, that Ham is alive and well. We apologize for any confusion caused by our first report, and share in the world’s relief that the reports we initially translated were inaccurate.

(Via Narcosphere commenters)
1. A media report has surfaced to the effect that the head of the opposition party, Cesar Ham, may be alive.
2. Robert Samuels of the Miami Herald reports counterfactually that Hondurans in the US support the coup.

Turkana of DK reported that the guy installed by the coup, Roberto Micheletti, was born in Italy and is therefore unable to hold the office of president. This is apparently incorrect. Via Geekesque, Micheletti is the son of an Italian, born in El Progreso, Honduras.

From Rebelion, a pretty good refutation of the talking points:
* The election that was blocked by the coup was a non-binding referendum which Zelaya believed would show that Hondurans support an overhaul of the Constitution.
* The referendum would have taken place after the election, so would not have affected whether Zelaya could run again
* The Honduran Congress was mostly p–sed because Zelaya had allied with Hugo Chavez
* The “Supreme Court” that ruled against Zelaya on the election was not a superior court, but the highest electoral court.

Radio esDeLosMenos (Radio ELM) has received support from a number of Latin American countries. But…well, it’s not the same. I’m listening to some very nice guitar music on the Mexican RELM, but I was hoping to hear news.

Laura Carlsen reports that the OAS has delivered a sharp, unambiguous repudiation of the coup. Key among the points about which I was concerned is “To declare that no government arising from this unconstitutional interruption will be recognized.” Translation: even if they hold elections, those elections will not be recognized. If the OAS does what it says it will, the coupsters are well and truly f–ked. That doesn’t mean that their objectives have been overturned though. If they can control the November elections, all else is for naught.

A good piece of news. According to TeleSur, Finance Minister Patricia Rodas has arrived in Nicaragua with Calderon.

2 Responses to “UPDATE2! The Honduran coup enters the second day”

  1. Thanks for this, Charles.

    I find it instructive that the US media at first tried to depict the non-binding polling vote as a binding referendum by the allegedly unpopular Zelaya. If it’s simply a non-binding poll, then why not let Zelaya hold it? If he’s as “unpopular” as is claimed in the US press, then he gets embarrassed when the poll shows him and his idea to be unpopular.

    • Charles II said

      There are two different narratives, PW. EL Universal, for example, is editorializing on this as an attempt by Zelaya to extend his term. I think that’s incorrect. But El Universal is a genuine newspaper. So, this narrative has taken hold.

      To the NYT’s credit, Helene Cooper and Marc Lacey seem to have produced a fairly straight story in which a US official calls it a non-binding referendum.

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