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Honduras Coup, Act III, Day 21/update 3

Posted by Charles II on August 13, 2009

Update3: Honduras Laboral reports that Congressmen, among them Jose de la Paz Herrera, are being harassed. Shots are fired in the vicinity of their homes, false accusations are whispered about, bank accounts are frozen, and investigations of sedition and treason are mounted.
From Oscar, via Adrienne Pine, we have more detail on what triggered the explosion of violence at the National Congress (thanks also to Nell for adding this to yesterday’s comment):

Even before the bulk of the march made it to the central park, while they were still walking down Cervantes Avenue, a small group of youths situated themselves in the plaza below the National Congress which at that point had some 20 police guarding it, and had the “luck” of finding Ramón Velázquez Nazzar, secretary of the National Congress and one of the most repugnant figures in it. His attitude, as I mentioned in an earlier note, was one of contempt, provoking the protesters. But this time there was no one there to control the youths, who furiously accepted the old man’s invitation, grabbing him by the hair and dragging him a couple meters, kicking him just as the police immediately proceeded to do to them. This was the excuse the police needed to initiate a nationwide repression …

Also from Oscar, at UPNFM (Universidad Pedagógica):

the resistance discipline committee had managed to capture a police agent infiltrating the protesters with 20 bottles of molotov cocktails in his backpack… it was they who brought the complaint to the DA’s office

The DA’s office reported the Molotov cocktails as though they had been produced by the demonstrators rather than by the Honduran state.

Hat tip to Sandra Cuffe for bringing attention to this article by Jhonny Lagos in El Libertador which lists the names of some of those who are paying for the Honduran coup’s charm offensive (and isn’t Lanny Davis a charming fellow?) in the US. Under the Lobbying and Disclosure Act, El Libertador found $28,000 flowing from:

  • The owner of El Heraldo and La Prensa, Jorge Canahuati Larach
  • The principal associate of Grupo Financiero Ficohsa Camilo Atala
  • The president of the sweatshop (and founder of Group Lovable ) Jesús Canahuati
  • But Lanny Davis is a lot more expensive than $28K. So in addition, there’s Consejo Empresarial de América Latina (CEAL), which includes Camilo Atala and Jesús Canahuati, but also Victoria Asfura (former president of Banco Central) and entrepreneur Miguel Facussé (uncle of former president Carlos Flores Facussé and father-in-law of the thermal entrepreneur and owner of InterAirport which administers Honduras’s airports, Freddy Nasser)

    El Libertador also links a very valuable article from The American Prospect by Roberto Lovato which points out that the predecessor organization to CEAL, the Alliance for Progress and Development of Honduras (APROH), many of whose founding families are also represented in CEAL. The human rights organization COFADEH blames APROH for arranging the death squads in the 1980s, so we seem to be seeing a multigenerational tragedy.

    Via RAJ, who has much fuller coverage of this topic, we learn that H. Res. 630, a bill that would have the effect of formally defining the events in Honduras as a coup and therefore (probably) forcing State to cut off aid has gained 44 co-sponsors (to WIlliam Delahunt) so far:

    Rep. Tammy Baldwin [D, WI-2] Rep. Robert Berry [D, AR-1] Rep. Sanford Bishop [D, GA-2]
    Rep. Earl Blumenauer [D, OR-3] Rep. Michael Capuano [D, MA-8] Rep. John Conyers [D, MI-14]
    Rep. Danny Davis [D, IL-7] Rep. Rosa DeLauro [D, CT-3] Rep. Norman Dicks [D, WA-6]
    Rep. Donna Edwards [D, MD-4] Rep. Sam Farr [D, CA-17] Rep. Chaka Fattah [D, PA-2]
    Rep. Bob Filner [D, CA-51] Rep. Al Green [D, TX-9] Rep. Raul Grijalva [D, AZ-7]
    Rep. Luis Gutiérrez [D, IL-4] Rep. Alcee Hastings [D, FL-23] Rep. Maurice Hinchey [D, NY-22]
    Rep. Michael Honda [D, CA-15] Rep. Jesse Jackson [D, IL-2] Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee [D, TX-18]
    Rep. Marcy Kaptur [D, OH-9] Rep. Carolyn Kilpatrick [D, MI-13] Rep. Barbara Lee [D, CA-9]
    Rep. John Lewis [D, GA-5] Rep. Edward Markey [D, MA-7] Rep. Eric Massa [D, NY-29]
    Rep. Betty McCollum [D, MN-4] Rep. James McGovern [D, MA-3] Rep. Alan Mollohan [D, WV-1]
    Rep. James Moran [D, VA-8] Rep. John Murtha [D, PA-12] Rep. James Oberstar [D, MN-8]
    Rep. David Price [D, NC-4] Rep. Mike Quigley [D, IL-5] Rep. Ciro Rodriguez [D, TX-23]
    Rep. Bobby Rush [D, IL-1] Rep. Janice Schakowsky [D, IL-9] Rep. José Serrano [D, NY-16]
    Rep. John Tierney [D, MA-6] Rep. Peter Visclosky [D, IN-1] Rep. Maxine Waters [D, CA-35]
    Rep. Peter Welch [D, VT-0] Rep. Lynn Woolsey [D, CA-6]

    If your rep isn’t on the list, call ’em and ask why not.
    Update: The Honduras Embassy in the US is providing great reports of violence in Honduras! They have a report of Marvin Ponce having been shot twice. But the story gets more complicated. Honduras Resists has a report from an Alexy Lanza, who says:

    I watched as a congressional Deputy from the anti-coup leftist party the Democratic Unification (UD), Marvin Ponce was attacked by at least 12 policemen and brutally beaten. He was seriously injured and was taken to the hospital; witnesses reported that at the hospital the police continued to beat and torment Ponce, interfering with his medical treatment.

    This account is consistent with what Honduras Laboral says. They say that their man Oslin George was detained and César Silva of Channel 8 was beaten. So, it’s not clear whether Ponce was shot, beaten, or both, but he’s hurt.

    Machetera has a blockbuster story from a Dick Emanuelsson interview of Honduras human rights leader Andrés Pavón. It seems the coupistas have imported Israeli commandos “to prepare the Armed Forces and the police to aggressively and violently dissuade the demonstrations, by committing crimes of a selective nature in order to build fear, staged terror, and achieve a dismantling of the resistance.” He also lists the atrocities scoreboard as 3-6 dead, 120 wounded, and 600-2200 detained, depending on whether one counts incidents at demonstrations or all incidents.
    Honduras Oye has photos of the violence from Wednesday.

    I finally got Cholusat (Channel 36). The phone is ringing without ceasing with human rights complaints. They go through them two a minute. I can’t catch many of them and some are harassment calls or wrong numbers. The elderly man taking calls complains about a lack of respect.

    Tiempo, which I sometimes think is practicing how not to cover the demonstrations, has an impressive editorial:

    The deed which thousands of citizens have achieved, a march lasting a week, from distant locations to the political and industrial capitals [Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula] under a harsh sun and innumerable privations, with the goal of defending the state of Law [Derecho] has never been been seen in Central America and perhaps not in Latin America.

    Argentina expelled its Honduras ambassador for supporting the coup.

    RAJ also brings to attention an article from El Libertador that extends the look into the 10 or so families that control Honduras. Leticia Salomón, the primary expert on military issues at the National University, held a round table in which she delivered chapter and verse (most of the data were compiled by Rebelion). The fuinds for the coup were taken from a Telethon. She named (I have not duplicated names where they appear in multiple categories):

  • Carlos Roberto Facussé (media mogul and former president): coup leader
  • Miguel Facussé (presumably identical with Miguel Facussé Barjum): principal co-conspirator
  • José Rafael Ferrari, Juan Canahuati, financier Camilo Atala, lumber magnate José Lamas, energy entrepreneur Fredy Násser, Jacobo Kattán, industrial sugar king Guillermo Lippmann and builder Rafael Flores: senior accomplices
  • Rodrigo Wong Arévalo, Jorge Canahuati Larach, Carlos Flores Facussé, Rafael Ferrari, Jorge Faraj, Antonio Tavel Otero, Gabriela Núñez, Rodolfo Irías Navas, Miguel Andonie Fernández: junior press accomplices
  • Rafael Ferrari, Miguel Facussé Barjum, Schucry Kafie: additional restaurant industry accomplices
  • Jorge Faraj Rishmagüi, Camilo Atala Faraj, Freddy Nasser, Miguel Andonie Fernández, Ricardo Maduro Joest, Villeda Toledo, Adolfo Facussé: additional banker accomplices
  • Arturo Corrales: additional energy accomplice
  • Mario Faraj: additional retail accomplice
  • Juan, Jesús y Mario Canahuati, Adolfo Facussé: additional textile accomplices
  • Roberto Micheletti Baín(pretend president): transportation accomplice
  • Pedro Atala, Rafael Callejas, ? Kaffati: additional soccer accomplices

    So, there you have the families that control Honduras.

    What’s interesting to me is that Micheletti seems like almost an outsider. Where most of these families have tentacles into multiple industries, he is concentrated in transportation. Where many families have more than one member participating, he’s the sole representative of his family. Perhaps he’s in the publicly visible position because he’s especially expendable.

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    Ha Ha Ha

    Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 13, 2009

    Michele Bachmann’s son Harrison has joined Teach for America (h/t to this Kossack):

    Back in April, congresswoman Michele Bachmann said that President Obama wanted to send American children to mandatory “reeducation camps.” That was her completely reasonable response to increased funding for AmeriCorps. Guess what her son just joined!

    Yup, as Teach for America is a part of AmeriCorps. Ooooops!

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