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Honduras Coup, Act III, Day 38

Posted by Charles II on August 30, 2009

I have been very much tied up, but will try to do an update late tonight.

RAJ has an answer to pro-coup partisans who don’t imagine that Americans have any idea what’s really going on in Honduras.

magbana at HondurasOye has discovered the Naumann Foundation, a German version of the National Endowment for Democracy (which devotes itself to undermining democracy), which Telesur mentioned some time ago.

Election season began. The Frente Contra el Golpe has threatened a boycott, but Carlos Reyes (independent) and Cesar Ham (UD) are candidates of the anti-coupistas, according to Tiempo. Elvin Santos will be the Liberal candidate and Porfirio Lobos the Nationalist. The pretend government says that Zelaya can return on in 2010.

Radio Globo is talking about Billy Joya, of the 3-16 batallion death squad. Juan Evangelista Lopez Grijalba (see also here and here), a colonel. Luis Alonso Morán Ñorel, ? Alvaro Ponce, Colonel Alexander Raimundo Hernandez Santos, and one other. There will be a march beginning at 8AM starting at the Universidad Pedagogica.

Adrienne Pine has been devoting effort to promoting the defense of Dario Euraque, a historian at Trinity College. The Hartford Courant has given him some considerable ink, which may help to spread the word that something is actually happening in Honduras.

Another source goes down: The TR-Honduras page has been suspended. My guess is that there is some cyber warfare going on. It’s a good time to make sure your software is up-to-date and that you don’t download anything you don’t absolutely need.

Brother John has an English translation of a statement by Franciscan Friars in Honduras. I have to say that statements like this remind me of the resistance song “No, no, no basta rezar. Hace falta muchas cosas para conseguir la paz.” The Sisters of Mercy (to whom Brother John also links) have more practical advice:

We urge the U.S. government to:

  • be unequivocal and very public in denouncing the brutal human rights violations committed by Honduran military and police forces;
  • cancel diplomatic as well as tourist and business visas for a broader group of those implicated in orchestrating or leading the coup;
  • freeze the accounts in U.S. banks of these same coup leaders; and
  • follow the example of other nations by recalling Ambassador Llorens until the legitimate president of Honduras is restored to office.
  • We also urge the Catholic community worldwide and all people of good will to strengthen international solidarity with the Honduran people, accompanying those whose basic human rights are being violated, advocating for a just and enduring resolution to this crisis, and addressing the many ways in which international greed for minerals and markets, wealth, power and control provide fertile ground for the suffering in Honduras. Long-term peace and stability depend on ensuring that the poor and marginalized sectors of society be included in the economic and political life of the country.

    At its heart, the Honduran coup (and all the violence against the leftists of Central and South America) is because some business owners refuse to provide fair pay, engage in abominable environmental practices, and otherwise don’t practice the Christianity which most of them profess. If these people were behaving even slightly along the lines Jesus instructed, there would be no left.

    6 Responses to “Honduras Coup, Act III, Day 38”

    1. Thank you for all you do, Charles. Bless you.

    2. Nell said

      Completely by google serendipity, I came across a resource yesterday that provides some important background to the events of the last few years: the English edition of the Honduran Human Rights Commissioner’s report on disappearances in Honduras, 1980-1993.

      I missed that and much of the push for an end to impunity in the mid-1990s, when I turned away from political and solidarity work entirely for several years (burnout). I was aware of a lot of the events documented in the report, but there were a number of revelations wrt where various Honduran politicians were then and now.

      The biggest revelation is that Battalion 3-16 got its start with 25 Honduran military intelligence officers who were trained by CIA and FBI personnel at an airstrip in the U.S. southwest in August 1980. In other words, under the Carter administration. The permanent government really does set policy; clearly this was prep for “counterinsurgency” aimed at Nicaragua and El Salvador.

      • Charles II said

        Carter had actually begun anti-Sandinista actions at the time he claimed we were opposing the dictator Somoza. I think that this article by James Petras puts the worst possible spin on Carter’s actions, to the point that some of his accusations are ludicrous, but there is truth in this characterization of Carter’s behavior in 1978-80:

        In June 1978, President Jimmy Carter sent a private letter to the Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza lauding Somoza for the “human rights initiatives” while he criticized Somoza publicly. Carter had made “human rights” a centerpiece of his interventionist propaganda ( Morris Morley, Washington, Somoza and the Sandinistas, 1994, pp 115-116). This two-faced policy occurred during one of the bloodiest periods of Somoza’s rule when he was bombing cities sympathetic to the revolution. Carter’s rhetorical declaration of concern for human rights was for public consumption, his private assurances to Somoza encouraged the dictator to continue his scorched earth policy.

        Nicaragua May 1979 : Part II–Carter Proposes Intervention

        In June 1993 the Foreign Minister under the late Panamanian President Torrejos told me of President Carter’s briefest regional meeting. It took place less in May 1979 less than two months before Somoza was overthrown. Carter convened a meeting of foreign ministers of several Latin American countries who were opposed to Somoza’s dictatorship. President Carter entered and immediately tabled a proposal to form an “Inter-American Peace Force”, a military force of US and Latin American troops to invade Nicaragua to “end the conflict” and support a diverse coalition. The purpose, according to the former Panamanian minister present, was to prevent a Sandinista victory, preserving Somoza’s National Guard and replace Somoza with a pro-US conservative civilian junta. Carter’s proposal was rejected unanimously as unwarranted US intervention. Carter in a pique ended the meeting abruptly. Carter’s attempt to throttle a popular revolution to preserve the Somocista state and US dominance clearly belied his pretensions of being a “human rights” President. His legacy of using “Human Rights” to project imperial military power became standard operating procedure for Reagon, Clinton and both Bush presidencies.

        More than a permanent government, there’s a permanent blindness that afflicts Washington. That blindness confuses short-term business interests with long-term national interests and lets reflexive anti-communism lead us into self-destructive acts.

    3. Nell said

      Tried to post the link earlier but had connection problems:

      The Facts Speak for Themselves

      It’s also on Google Books. The original report, in Spanish, contains a detailed human rights chronology from 1980-1993, something that would by itself make it worth finding online. I haven’t looked yet.

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