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Honduras Coup, Act III, Day 24/update 3

Posted by Charles II on August 16, 2009

Update3: Tiempo says the price of fuel is exploding. Seems like a pretty minor explosion. Gas, which was about $3.50 jumped another 7 cents. Still, enough bumps upward, and it starts to bite even the oligarchs.
Update2: Via BoRev, LAT has an editorial headlined “Washington is scaring our Latin American neighbors,” dealing with the bases in in Colombia. Add to that Plan Merida and an opposition by the State Dept. to a coup that looks remarkably like complicity, and they’ve succeeded in scaring me.

TeleSur reports that Hugo Chavez has stated that the coup was ordered from the Palmerola (Soto Cano) base.

El Heraldo says that five unknown assailants threw Molotov cocktails at their building. Damages were minor.

Radio Globo is back. They are playing excerpts of a meeting. The teachers will be back on the street. They are asking people whether they will vote for the official candidates. They boo everyone except Carlos Reyes, whom they cheer. That would be this fellow:

The president of the STIBYS union is the legendary labor leader Carlos H. Reyes. Two weeks ago he was brutally beaten by the Cobra Command when they broke up a roadblock north of Tegucigalpa. In the act, he had part of his ear pulled off and his arm was broken in two places. He is currently confined to bed rest with his arm in a cast.

There will be mobilization of a different type. The CIDH (Inter-American Commission of Human Rights) is arriving. Bicycles, motorcycles, cars, (and many other kinds). The grandmother of the Frente Contra el Golpe, a Dona Dionisia Diaz, asks people if they are tired. “NO!” they shout. Switches to an interview with a man; Victor Mesa. The reliance on reservists is a sign of weakness. He discounts the importance of the meeting between Insulza and the Honduran delegation. On the CIDH and the chancellors: it’s a great opportunity, and hopefully not the last. If these delegations don’t find the exit door to the crisis, violence will follow. Back to Dona Dionisia. 75 years old, she outmarched the soldiers.

DK seems to have all but forgotten Honduras. Elizabeth Gurley is still on it.

Another key piece of forgotten history from Dick Emanuelsson:

On June 15 President Manuel Zelaya Rosales was the victim of an ambush some 100 meters from the Air Force base in Tegucigalpa. Two shots broke the windshield of the car that carried the president. Zelaya came out of the terrorist attack unharmed. The oligarchy-controlled media that now celebrates the coup mocked the incident, saying that the president had staged the attack by having someone throw rocks at the window.

Update1: Sandra has two extensive posts on recent human rights violations. The English version of the most recent explains that Choloma is an access point for the port that ships textiles from maquiladoras in the northwestern of the country, and fruit from the Tela Railroad Company, owned by Chiquita. The police agreed to a 2-hour protest[and my understanding was that the agreement was captured on Radio Progreso]– and then came in to break up the protest violently after an hour. Twenty seven people were arrested and most of those were beaten. Five were sent to the ER, one with a bullet wound. The police asked for Marcial Hernandez by name.

The second article is a link to El Libertador. It says that CODEH reports that 100 people have been killed. It gives seven names. I don’t find the report on the CODEH website, and some of those killed might have been the victims of ordinary crimes. It will be important to see the actual report.

A plea from the Jesuit community of Radio Progreso, via Adrienne. On the day of the coup, they were surrounded by police. More recently, one of their reporters was kicked and hit with rifle butts. Their concerns are shared by the resistance:

Before the world, we give testimony of our defenselessness. We raise our voice, our clamor before the community of international human rights organizations, because here, all those of us who oppose the de facto regime are exposed to barbarities, while the organisms of the state that are responsible for overseeing justice and human rights, instead of protecting us, point their accusing finger so that they can exterminate us. People of the world, don’t leave us alone!

HCVanalysis has films of the violence, showing (a) a policeman firing randomly into the crowd (b) arbitary arrests and beatings and (c) the arrest of a photographer. The second film also shows the use of makeshift detention centers, which is forbidden.

Today’s media lottery has Cholusat up and showing footage of the presidential palace, Radio Globo inaccessible, and Telesur accessible by voice only. In the review of the news, Mrs. Zelaya and her daughter Hortensia are amid a raucous demonstration. Father Tamayo is at the demo near the presidential palace. He says he brough 25,000 people from Olancho. There is discussion of the burning of a bus and an arson against Popeye’s on August 11th. There’s debate about a draft for military service to build up the army against the protestors…. and the stream goes down from network congestion. Back up: march directors will prohibit people wearing bandanas or committing acts of vandalism. A long interview with Sandra Ponce.

Al Giordano has a piece claiming that Tiempo has flipped from pro-coup to anti-coup. A number of people, including myself, think he’s wrong. What I would say is that some event– probably the savage attack on their own reporters–convinced management to take another look at things. Prior to the first attack, their coverage was tepid and waffling– but not pro-coup. Since then, the editorial voice has steadied and become more confident.

Micheletti is, according to Tiempo, saying good riddance to Hugo Llorens. This again suggests that there is a split within the American government, with Llorens on the side of the realists (!) who recognize that as much as they would like to support the oligarchs, they can’t. Tiempo also says that 144 municipal police are on strike, because they have been denied seven semimonthly checks and the fourteenth month of salary (not sure quite what this means)

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Watch Al Franken draw the Lower 48

Posted by Charles II on August 16, 2009

Mudflats has an amazing demonstration here.

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