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Honduras Coup, Act III, Day 12/Update3

Posted by Charles II on August 3, 2009

Update3: VTV reports that police officials murdered Pedro Hernandez on approaching a roadblock. VTV also attributes the death of Martin Florencio Rivera in Tegucigalpa to police.

An opinion piece on Telesur goes to show how badly the US failure to act in Honduras and its simultraneous announcement of massive airbases in Colombia has poisoned all of Latin America. Guillermo Almeyra calls Honduras “a Clintonian dictatorship.” He accuses the ambassador to Honduras Hugo Llorens of planning this inside of Soto Cano airbase and characterizes it as an attack on all of the progressive nations of Latin America. I don’t think there’s any evidence for these allegations.

Meanwhile Venezuela appears to be entering a cold war with Colombia, and shutting down opposition media at home. While the opposition media are scurrilous and impossible to defend, shutting them down is a major error (even if there are problems with their licenses). Furthermore, chavistas (not associated with the government) invaded an opposition television station, Globovison used tear gas, and otherwise behaved like thugs. The government has disassociated itself from their actions, but this kind of stuff is just as wrong when it’s done in Venezuela as when it is done in Honduras.

Plainly Chavez is moving Venezuela toward a war footing. While the US bears heavy responsibility for the collapse of trust in peaceful change, shutting down criticism of the government is bad for Venezuela and good for those who have been trying to destroy it.
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Update2: CODEH, the human rights organization has issued a communique, translated by CC Lovell on Adrienne Pine’ssite. On 7/30, the police hijacked buses and drove them to distant locations. The police cleared the road [where I suppose there was a sit-in] with tear gas, then pursued demonstrators to a distance of 7 km. They threatened a lawyer who took photos and the President of CODEH, Andrés Pavón. In Comayagua, over 100 people were detained and 20 seriously injured. On 7/31, hundreds of people were detained in Copan. The authorities play a game in which judges who are supposed to investigate habeas corpus visit a facility only after prisoners have been released. No records of the detention are kept.

I missed this important tidbit from August 1, originally in La Jornada, which Adrienne Pine blogged: Ramón Custodio , the faux human rights commissioner in Honduras, was expelled from the Spanish human rights organization, the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH).

The NY Times continues to not report this story.

Brother John has a post that concludes with this very pertinent comment:

It is all too easy to see the poverty and lament it, at times to feel sorry for the people. But it is very important to see what they can do – for example, 328 base communities in the parish of Trinidad – and to hear of their commitment – walking hours to get to Mass or even walking three or fours hours to get to a parish meeting in Trinidad.

There are many very capable people , very committed Christians, many who want the best for their villages and their country. But the poverty, the system, the corruption, the polarized politics make it very hard for them. Yet they persist. The persistence of the poor is a virtue that needs to be recognized and respected for what it is – a sign of hope that must not be frustrated.

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Update: Well, Micheletti gets his foreign dignitaries to “break international isolation” as a high-level international delegation heads to Honduras. Why are they even dealing with Micheletti?
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Again, will not be able to cover this as closely as I’d like to. But the news is relatively slow.

Adrienne Pine has a piece from her correspondent Oscar that makes some key points:
* The curfew was suspended in Tegucigalpa because it is costing business too much money
* There have been punitive sexual assaults on women traveling to the border by the army and the police
* There are people who go into the forest to shoot down in cold blood people traveling to the border. A young man who had crossed into Nicaragua was murdered by a sniper in Honduras.

DemocracyNow reports that Zelaya has submitted a complaint to the International Criminal Court at the UN, something that I would say is weeks overdue… especially since the UN takes forever to do anything. Micheletti is planning to invite foreign dignataries “to break the international isolation,” and he’s especially aiming at the Spanish vice president, who is in Costa Rica. She is supposed to jump start the Arias Plan; Zelaya is heading to Mexico to meet with Calderon. This is a situation to watch, to see if anyone “crosses the picket line,” so to speak.

RAJ RNS has an interesting (as usual!) piece on why Zelaya’s vice-president Elvin Santos did not become president. It seems he wanted to run for president, but vice-presidents are forbidden to run. The Supreme Court had specifically rejected a Santos candidate on August 24, 2008, but on November 7th, they effectively overturned their own ruling. On November 18, 2008, Santos attempted to resign from the vice-presidency in order to run. His resignation was rejected by the Congress, and Micheletti said at the time that Santos could never run for the presidency. Then Mauricio Villeda Bermudez defeated Micheletti for the party’s nomination. Soon thereafter, Congress reconsidered Santos’s resignation, allowed him to resign, and allowed him to run for president. And then: “Santos announced he would go to the Supreme Election Tribunal and have himself inscribed as Presidential candidate for the Liberal Party just as soon as Mauricio Villeda Bermudez resigned. Mauricio Villeda Bermudez irrevocably resigned as candidate in favor of Elvin Santos, and at midnight on Dec. 18, the Supreme Election Tribunal met and inscribed him as the Liberal Party candidate for President,” Our own Justice Scalia could hardly have twisted the law into a better pretzel.

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I’m Astonished

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 3, 2009

A major US media outlet actually published something that accurately reports what’s happening in Honduras.

Of course, they earlier published a worthless screed by Jamie Kirchick, but one can’t have everything.

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