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Honduras Coup, Act III, Day 25/Update 2

Posted by Charles II on August 17, 2009

Update2: Adrienne Pine has an interesting piece from Oscar. Some of the points he makes are

  • Micheletti traveled by helicopter to San Pedro Sula to plan his trip to El Progreso; the trip was canceled.
  • Taxi drivers have gone on strike because the government hasn’t paid out a fuel subsidy approved by Zelaya. The government had offered them about $25 and licenses for any gypsy cabs
  • The economy is down 30%
  • The translation incorrectly says that Micheletti called for Zelaya (not Llorens) to not return. The Spanish is clear that Oscar is talking about Llorens.
  • The judge let the people charged with burning Popeye’s free on probation because there’s no evidence. So, the Supreme Court is trying to pressure her into changing her opinion.
  • One of the key issues in the crisis is agrarian reform/land tenure. Peasants have seized the National Agrarian Institute because they’re afraid their complaints will be disappeared. So the coupistas are threatening them, which in turn threatens to spread the conflict to the countryside.
  • The Resistance Front acts as if it distrusts genuine open democracy, and this is causing strains within the movement. They hold closed door meetings to plan strategy.
  • The politicians in the movement, notably Cesar Ham, are straining to do what they know how to do: run for office. The rest of the movement is telling them that elections have no legitimacy under present conditions.
  • Via HondurasOye, a very long article analyzing the coup and Washington’s role in it. It does show how much the media plagiarize from one another in coming up with the image of Obama and Clinton as a tightrope act, walking between the abyss of offending the Republicans on the one hand and the void of too openly embracing the coup on the other. Our media did do a wonderful job of not asking what the law requires and simple justice demands. It’s certainly a damning compilation of what we said vs. what we did.
    The popular assembly held yesterday is building toward a general strike on Thursday and Friday, according to Tiempo. Teachers will hold classes Monday-Wednesday, then join the general strike.

    The CIDH (human rights) delegation is comprised of: First Vice President Víctor Abramovich, second Vice President and counselor for Honduras, Felipe González, Commissioner Paolo Carozza and Executive Secretary Santiago Cantón. Along for the ride are members of the Executive Secretariat Isabel Madariaga, Víctor Madrigal, Débora Benchoam, María Isabero Rovero, Milagro Noli, Pablo Sandino Martínez, Gloria Gordon and Gloria Molina.

    From Democracy Now:

    A top official in Honduras’s ousted government claims there was direct US involvement in the coup that deposed Manuel Zelaya. Patricia Valle, who served as Zelaya’s deputy foreign minister, said the plane that flew Zelaya into exile stopped at Soto Cano, a Honduran military base that is home to at least 500 US troops. The Pentagon hasn’t denied the plane landed at Soto Cano. A Pentagon spokesperson said that the troops in Honduras “had no knowledge or part in the decisions made for the plane to land, refuel and take off.” It is unclear why the plane would refuel at the base since it is just sixty miles from the capital, Tegucigalpa.

    Update: New news is in short supply. The State Department remains mum. Yesterday, the Frente Contra el Golpe held a press conference, according to TR-Honduras. Radio Globo has some good discussion. There’s irritation about the teachers being on strike and taxi fares are going to go up. The marches are in the northeast of Tegucigalpa, along Blvd. Morazan and Avenida John Indo. A woman claims a Congressman threatened her, and mentions “verdes” (presumably troops). They say she should talk to the human rights people. A man calls in and says that Maldonado is running a program of “barking.” Eduardo Maldonado says he thinks Zelaya will return. Callers are a lot less certain. A man said without international observers, the elections will be fraudulent. Eduardo says that in the country as it is, they can accuse you of anything. A woman blames the coup for burning the bus, but Eduardo says that’s not true and that they talked to the owner who says it wasn’t insured.

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    Some relevant history

    Posted by Charles II on August 17, 2009


    Washington, DC, August 16, 2009 – In December 1971, President Richard Nixon and Brazilian President Emilio Garrastazu Medici discussed Brazil’s role in efforts to overthrow the elected government of Salvador Allende in Chile, formerly Top Secret records posted by the National Security Archive today reveal. According to a declassified memorandum of conversation, Nixon asked Medici whether the Chilean military was capable of overthrowing Allende. “He felt that they were,” Medici replied, “and made clear that Brazil was working toward this end.”

    According to the Top Secret “memcon” of the December 9, 1971, Oval Office meeting, Nixon offered his approval and support for Brazil’s intervention in Chile. “The President said that it was very important that Brazil and the United States work closely in this field. We could not take direction but if the Brazilians felt that there was something we could do to be helpful in this area, he would like President Medici to let him know. If money were required or other discreet aid, we might be able to make it available,” Nixon stated. “This should be held in the greatest confidence.”

    The U.S. and Brazil, Nixon told Medici, “must try and prevent new Allendes and Castros and try where possible to reverse these trends.”

    During the same meeting, President Medici asked Nixon if “we” should be supporting Cuban exiles who “had forces and could overthrow Castro’s regime.” Nixon responded that “we should, as long as we did not push them into doing something that we could not support, and as long as our hand did not appear.”

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