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Honduras Coup, Act III, Day 26/updated

Posted by Charles II on August 18, 2009

(With profound apologies to Picachu, image above from the film Camisita Blanca, which is about how upper class protestors want their T-shirt for attending protests. This via Cadeja04, who does some more Mackin’)


A delegation from the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights has arrived in Honduras to monitor the situation more than a month after the democratically elected Manuel Zelaya was ousted in a coup. The commission met with local Honduran human rights groups but refused to meet with the interim government. Luz Patricia Mejia is the head of the Inter-American Human Rights Commission.

Luz Patricia Mejia: “The commission will not meet with Micheletti, because the commission has reiterated that it does not recognize Mr. Micheletti as the president

According to Tiempo, Micheletti broke relations with Argentina. It will maintain a line of communication through the Israeli embassy. Israel is one of the few countries that maintains relations with Honduras. Mercosur’s Parliament condemned the coup. Catalina Botero of the OAS, who is collecting information on abuses of the press, today heard complaints of press complicity with the coup.

RAJ links us to the article in La Prensa in which the…eh… criminal charges Manuel Zelaya. The most bizarre is the…ehm… crime of publicly displaying a child with swine flu. But they’re pretty obviously specious. These charges are based on the…cough…theory that Zelaya had been removed from office, a proposition that the world does not agree to. Same doubtful source: two taxis were torched, ibid: teachers are terrorizing parents and indoctrinating students with seditious ideas, etc.

Radio Globo: People went to marches on Blvd Morazan. The feed kept clogging. Now (10:30 PM Eastern) a woman (Irma) who was raped by 4 policemen “one was called Ortiz, one was called Lopez” is recalling the attack on her, weeping and her voice cracking. After the attack, she walked half an hour along the highway. “I wanted to go to the police to report it, but how can I if they were the ones who did it?” Switching now to an interview with Manuel Zelaya. Very, very approximate transcript: The masks are off. Honduras has always (historically) been used to invade other countries, fighting foreign wars. Who is responsible for the military coup? Those people inside the Liberal Party, the oligarchy, the military leaders who joined them. God hears the clamor of the Honduran people. Jesus was a rebel, not a Pharisee. I believe in a revolutionary Christ who fights for justice. Now (prior to the coup) society is divided into groups, didn’t have a sense of “the people,” but now people have a sense of the people. What’s the involvement of the Cardinal? He provided the hypocrisy. He’s a Pharisee. As a Cardinal, he’s dead before Honduras and the world. There are progressive military people. (Probably Gen. Vasquez) gave me the kiss of Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. They’re talking about a lot of money, 16 million (for the coup? for the General). Don’t you fear dying? I don’t fear dying, but I knew I was in danger. They say shoot the dog and you solve the rabies. (With respect to his response to the coup) I have done everything I should have done. Now the coupistas are fighting with the US. They live in a completely unreal world. The opponents of the coup should provide a light. We need to forgive. We need to use our right to insurrection. Let’s make a new social compact. (The US) wants a president with no power? In four months I could do a lot. Most things might require long analysis,but just require five minutes to do. To my opponents: you’ve lost. Admit defeat now before it’s too late.

Telesur reported on the CIDH meeting: Congressman Marvin Ponce says that three infiltrators threw rocks at the police shields. The police responded with tear gas, he ran and fell, and the police said “There’s the rebellious deputy. Let’s give it to him hard.” They fractured his arm. Carlos Reyes, another leader of of the anti-coup Front said they grabbed him five km to the north in El Durazno, clubbed him, he rolled over an embankment, and also suffered a broken arm. Amnesty International made its usual handwringing announcement about avoiding a human rights crisis and as usual are running over a month behind on reports of human rights abuses. This is very good for historians, not so good for preventing abuses. (On the positive side, they are for a Medicare-like health care reform. It’s good that someone is saying that health is a human rights issue).

Cholusatsur: The delegation to the State Dept was told that there is urgency in pursuing the [fictional] Accord of San Jose. Europe and the US have reaffirmed that they won’t recognize elections held under the coup. The evidence against the people accused of torching the fast food restaurants: not so persuasive. Now they’re showing a transcript of a conference with PJ Crowley of State that I can’t find on their website.

And now you know why today’s dispatch is so short. Or, if you want to be really impressed: here.

The State Department:

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