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Honduras Coup, Act III, Day 55

Posted by Charles II on September 16, 2009

Almost no posting today and out-of-pocket much of tomorrow. Read RAJ, Adrienne, HondurasOye, Nell, Brother John, RightsAction, Sandra, TR-Honduras, The Honduran Embassy, The Frente, Vos El Soberano, and many other sites that have allowed the voice of the resistance to be heard outside of Honduras.

Street Scene, September 12, from Chiapas Indymedia

Update: A report from Oscar. He says that the official Independence Day celebration was not much fun. They had to recycle soldiers from the events into the bleachers in the stadium to keep the stadium from looking empty. He said the resistance drew hundreds of thousands of people. Some excerpts:

The rich and famous have always enjoyed taking the profits they reap by exploiting the low cost of domestic manual labor, and flying first class to the luxurious commercial centers of North American cities. The visa, for them, is part of their identity. In the north they have their houses, their country clubs, their businesses and their savings. In the north their children study, they vacation, they relax far from the dusty and boisterous streets of Honduras. Now that they are condemned to share the mess that they’ve gotten us into with the rest of us Hondurans…

Two interesting facts about the visas we’ve been hearing so much about. Those who lost them are minor figures in the oligarchy. The lords and owners of Honduras, the major partners and friends of international capital still move freely throughout the world…

Enter the corruption scandal of Latinnode, a North American company found guilty in the United States in 2008 of corruption in a case which implicated [Ed: for crimes that I have never figured out] numerous high-level officials of the Zelaya administration. The names of the second, third and fourth most deeply involved officials had already been made public, Marcelo Chimirri, the ex-president of Hondutel who is currently in prison [Ed: I think he was arrested by the coup government over an unrelated matter and don’t think he was convicted of anything], among others, but the name of the primary official–supposedly the most important and who at one time was rumored to be Zelaya himself–was kept secret. Now the news is filtering through the press that said figure could be the ex-Minister of the Presidency, son of Jaime Rosenthal–the powerful businessman from the North Coast, owner of Channel 11 and the Tiempo newspaper, critic of the current regime and someone who has always counted on a certain share of power within liberal governments.]

So, they may be able to silence Tiempo.
Magbana at Honduras Oye has a piece on human rights group who have called on the UN to “work actively…to achieve the effective protection of human rights in Honduras.” Why they didn’t write to the High Commissioner to demand a Special Rapporteur, I don’t quite understand.

Tiempo: The Dominican chancellor and presidential sister Lorena Zelaya are among those who will discuss the crisis at a conference in the DR. Micheletti says that in the event of an invasion, he will order the army not to fire. Elvin Santos accuses Zelaya of threatening his life. A judge of the Administrative Court of Torts, Jorge Zelaya Saldaña (evidently no relation) who was in charge of the original case regarding the survey Zelaya wanted to hold says his life was threatened, according to El Heraldo which heard it from Radio America; why anyone would even be interested in a lower court figure at this point is left to the imagination. Yes, the news is getting this silly.

Big demo on Channel 36. Not sure if it’s today’s or yesterday’s, but probably today’s. Ch. 36 says that Micheletti is sabotaging their signal. They also accuse Conatel and Hondutel. Radio Globo is on the air.

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