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Honduras Coup, Act III, Day 18

Posted by Charles II on August 10, 2009

A slow news day so far. I finally got Radio Globo, but the feed from the main page is ugly. Better luck with the “Escuchanos” link. Marches, marches, marches. Scattered thundershowers, but as the season advances, it could get tough to be outside. Tomorrow, the marches converge on their targets. Rights Action says:

On August 11, the expected arrival date, the Honduran people are calling out to the international community to participate in a “Global Day of Action for Honduras.”
Rights Action calls upon all people in solidarity with the people of Honduras to participate in the Global Day of Action. A much stronger response from the Canadian and US government are needed to stop the repression, violence and deaths caused by the militarization of the country by the Micheletti regime.

Another death squad murder according to TR-Honduras, this time of 30-year old Gabriel Figueroa Tomé. Sandra Cuffe reports he was kidnapped last night in Choloma and shot in the neck and thorax. He left a four year old son and a five year old daughter.

Honduras Resists has interviews with community leaders. I haven’t yet listened to them, but this sounds good.

Unasur (Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Perú, Surinam, Uruguay and Venezuela) denounced the coup (for like the tenth time). Obama continues to say the right things, although of course US actions have been laughable. Tiempo reports that the coup says it will accept the presence of Miguel Insulza of the OAS on the delegation of foreign dignitaries only as an observer. In a practical sense, it makes no difference, since the delegation has no power to negotiate. But realistically, it will irritate the delegates who will tell their home nations that the people running Honduras are a–holes. So, there is already a positive accomplishment from the trip.

Al Giordano emphasizes the value of discipline and openness vs. secrecy in organizing. Belén Fernández has a piece on an environmentalist priest, Father Andrés Tamayo, who is leading one of a number of marches converging on San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa. Interesting character: he called Micheletti an hijo de puta, which of course is unfair to working girls everywhere.

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