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Honduras Coup, Act III, Day 11/updated

Posted by Charles II on August 2, 2009

Update2: Machetera has the second part of the series on Otto Reich up. This part goes into the allegations related to Hondutel. The basic story comes down to whether Hondutel was receiving what it should have from US companies using its services, or whether bribes were paid to attain discounts. A Reich protege, Robert Carmona-Borjas (head of the non-profit Arcadia) alleged that the director of Hondutel, Marcelo Chimirri Castro (a nephew of the First Lady), had accepted payments through his company, Inverchicas, costing Hondutel $48M. Carmona-Borjas also alleged that the death of Alejandro Laprade Rodriguez, a computer technician, was to silence him because he had a “49 minute tape recording which he claimed was proof of an extortion attempt by Hondutel employees.” Carmona-Borjas further claimed that Laprade Rodriguez said he had a tape of Chimirri Castro confessing to giving improper discounts. In April, 2009, the Southern District of Florida levied a $2M fine against a company called Latinode for paying bribes to people who were supposed to bribe Hondutel employees. There is no proof that the bribes were ever paid. In the aftermath of the coup, the faux government rounded up a number of people, including Chimirri Castro, and jailed them. They have also requested Interpol warrants. That’s the bare bones of Machetera’s post. I recommend reading the whole post to get a deeper sense of how these sort of allegations are used routinely to discredit left-wing politicians, eliminate state ownership of telephone systems, and thereby attain the power to wiretap.

RadioGlobo is playing the death march over the death of a teacher (I think Roger Vallejo). Some jackass called in to blame the demonstrators for demonstrating in front of armed troops, and the host asked him why are the troops armed in front of demonstrators who are not? The next caller said, if you get other callers like that, hang up on them.

The completely unreliable Radio America says that Zelaya has left his hotel in Ocotal, Nicaragua. According to Tiempo, Spanish vice president Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega arrived in Costa Rica for a fact-finding tour of Honduras.

Via Narconews, Albor Ruiz writes in the NY Daily News:

Vallejo Soriano wasn’t the first victim of “golpista” violence according to Dr. Luther Castillo, 33, director of the Luaga Hatuadi Waduheñu Foundation, a group that brings vital health services to isolated indigenous coastal communities. He left Honduras eight days ago with five other community leaders to “educate the world about ‘el golpe.'”

“We have denounced many extrajudicial executions,” said Castillo.

According to Castillo, in addition to Isis Murillo, a teenager killed July 5 at the airport waiting for Zelaya’s return, there have been other deaths that can be directly attributed to the Micheletti regime.

“On July 2, Gabriel Pino Noriega, from San Juan Puebla, was murdered; on Saturday, July 11, Roger Iván Báez, was shot while entering his home in San Pedro Sula; July 12, Ramón García, a ‘campesino’ leader, was also killed. And there are many more,” he said.

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Update: In the complex web of relations that is involved in the US apparently passively participating in the Honduran coup, the following development could have significance: Telesur reports that the Brazilian chancellor has challenged the US and Colombia on why they want to establish major bases in the latter country. While the effect depends on who wins the next Brazilian elections in 2010, Lula’s doing good and his Labor Party successor should have a tailwind.

RAJ brings to attention this article on the website of the University of Costa Rica. Mining companies, international fast food, radio chains and banking enterprises were among those threatened by any change in the status quo. There is corruption between these groups, the department of justice, and the Supreme Court, which is named by the Congress. Most Hondurans are incommunicado, because the media doesn’t inform them and they don’t have access to the Internet (62% of poor households have no access). RAJ adds the important point that a major motivator of the coup is suppression of cross-cultural organizing. The appearance of groups from civil society representing African Hondurans and indigenous peoples, and most especially their working together frightens the h–l out of the ruling elite.

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Another light day for blogging.

Bill Conroy reports that:

Lanny Davis, a long-time doorman for the Clinton agenda, has an interesting bedfellow in his latest lobbying assignment on behalf of the business interests behind the illegal putsch regime of Honduras.

Davis, a lawyer, neo-liberal Democrat and now a lobbyist employed by the D.C. office of global law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, was recently retained by the Business Council of Latin America (CEAL in its Spanish initials) to hawk for the coup interests in Honduras,

A sister business coalition of textile manufacturers and exporters with common leadership to CEAL, the Asociacion Hondureña de Maquiladores (AHM), however, is looking to the other side of the U.S. political landscape for its lobbying push in Washington, D.C., and has recently retained a George W. Bush-era neoconservative named Roger Noriega.

He then points out that what Noriega may be violating the letter of the law on foreign lobbyists.

Adrienne has film of a police shooting. Looks completely unprovoked.

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