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Honduras Coup, Act III, Day 41/update2

Posted by Charles II on September 2, 2009

Update2: The Honduran Embassy has the English translation of the Preliminary Report Regarding the Coup D’etat.

Magbana at HondurasOye has an interesting piece on a speech given by President Zelaya at Georgetown and on the plans for the election by the coupistas. They are going to enforce the laws requiring voting as they have never been enforced. Maybe Nell’s idea for creative ballot spoilage will come into play.

Laura Carlsen has an interview of Bertha Caceres.

We have seen direct participation from governments like the United States, actors from the Pentagon, the CIA and all of the terrorist agents they’ve deployed—counter-revolutionaries, and the ones that destabilize States and people’s governments—with the clear objective of starting a tendency toward coups against our continent, directed toward the south.

They were wrong when they thought that Honduras was the weakest link, because here a process of participation had already begin, of incorporation into ALBA, greater relationships with the south and the Caribbean in our continent. They were wrong here, they miscalculated. They said it would be a two days of resistance, and they were wrong

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Update: Honduras Resists has been updated. TR-Honduras is back. Unclear why they were offline.
– The IMF is handing over $160M to the Micheletti government. Most of it was transferred on the 28th of August and 13.8 million will be transferred next week “to inject liquidity.” That’s another action the US could have blocked.
– USAID is providing $47M in fiscal 2009.

Brother John has a piece about the role of Caritas in community organizing in Honduras. They built the program around anti-corruption, as well as sustainable agriculture, combating HIV/AIDS, and even getting the money to build a water tank.

Yet another piece of renegade opinion sneaks into the US press. (via Narconews) Elvia Valle, a Honduran Congressman, was allowed some space in the Seattle Times to say:

The U.S. should freeze the de facto regime leaders’ U.S.-based assets, and revoke their visas, as the U.S. State Department has already started to do.

The U.S. should also join the Union of South American Nations and Mexico in refusing to recognize the outcome of November’s elections.

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Slightly off-topic. Nicaraguan Human Rights Solicitor Omar Cabezas has labeled Human Rights Watch as tentacles of the United States, elements of destabilization. He called representative José Miguel Vivanco a criminal and a fascist. Vivanco and Daniel Wilkinson got kicked out of Venezuela for writing a tendentious report critical of of the government. The report was criticized by many American scholars.

A bunch of stories from Tiempo.
* The resistance says that their sources says Zelaya will be reinstated by the 15th of September. For entirely selfish reasons, I certainly hope so.
* Zelaya asserts and General Vasquez Velasquez denies that the general received 4.5 million dollars to conduct the elections of last July.
* A resolution will be presented to the OAS to reject the Honduran elections. There’s still some work to do to make it unanimous, according to Ambassador Carlos Sosa. They’re waiting for the US and Brazil to impose new sanctions. Zelaya is confident that the OAS will not recognize elections.
* Edwin Araque, deposed head of the Central Bank of Honduras, says that the IMF will only recognize officials appointed by Zelaya. He says the IMF is concerned about the plummeting reserves.
* Micheletti has now backed off of resigning in favor of some third party.
* The Consejo de Empresarios de América Latina, a Latin American business council, expressed support for Micheletti’s dedication to the rule of law.
* The president of the Consejo Hondureño de la Empresa Privada, the Honduran Private Enterprise Council, Amilcar Bulnes said that an embargo by the US would be like an invasion. Like, except for the soldiers and bombs and stuff.
* The International Association of Radio Broadcasters denounced authoritarian governments that silence the press. Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Argentina: all horrible, horrible censors. Honduras? Never heard of them.

From TeleSur, head of the UN General Assembly Miguel D’Escoto said in regard to the Colombian bases and the Honduran crisis that Barack Obama is not change we can believe in. No change in comparison to Bush? That’s coooold.

El Libertador has more on the money Hillary is pumping into Honduras. Like 35 million lempiras (something like 2 million dollars) to the Supreme Electoral Tribunal to run crooked elections. Demonstrators in front of the US Embassy in Tegucigalpa demand the departure of US troops from Palmerola base. More on the closure of the Garifuna Hospital in Ciriboya.

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