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Honduras Coup, Act IV, Day 12

Posted by Charles II on October 2, 2009

Update: This is just too good. Oscar Arias declared that the Honduran Constitution is “a monstrosity”, the worst Constitution “on the face of the earth.”

Laura Carlsen has another great piece, this on how divisions in the US government feed the coup here. The Pentagon paid to send Congressmen Aaron Shock, Peter Roskam, and Doug Lamborn, as well as Senator Jim DeMint to Honduras to undermine the clearly stated policy of the USG (See also TPM for more on the party of Teabaggers, Totalitarianism,and Treason).

Dick Emanuelsson interviewed David Romero of Radio Globo here.

Micheletti met with Insulza, head of the OAS.

Via HondurasOye, there’s a piece on HondurasResists that, if there were anyone sane in the US State Department, they would find worrying. It describes a decentralized strategy of resistance that is (a) likely to work, and (b) work over the long haul to destroy the portion of the economy that supports the oligarchy. It’s also likely to cause a great deal of internal suffering and the repression is likely to be intense, but that’s a price the Honduran people have to decide if they’re willing to pay.

Two members of the resistance were reported murdered: Professor Mario [added: surname Contreras] in Colonia San Angel and Antonio Leiva in Canculuncos. Fifty farmers, including women and senior citizens were jailed.

A demo in front of the American embassy was broken up with tear gas.
DemocracyNow, 10/1:

In Honduras, international pressure appears to be forcing a slight shift in the business elite that helped install the coup regime in June. Honduran business leaders reportedly told international diplomats this week they’d be open to a plan for the return of the ousted President Manuel Zelaya. But in addition to limiting Zelaya’s authority under the Costa Rica-brokered Arias accords, business leaders are also insisting Zelaya face trial on corruption charges and be forced to leave office when his term expires in January, despite spending most of the past three months in exile. The plan was discussed at a meeting at the residence of the US ambassador to Honduras, Hugo Llorens, last Sunday. A Zelaya adviser says the elite’s proposals were “born dead” because they presuppose his guilt. Zelaya remains inside the Brazilian embassy, where he has taken refuge since returning to Honduras last week.

DemocracyNow 10/2:

Republican Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina and three Republican congressmen are heading to Honduras to meet with the coup government in defiance of the Obama administration. Senator John Kerry, the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, initially blocked the trip from happening but relented late yesterday. Also traveling will be Republican Congressmen Aaron Schock of Illinois, Peter Roskam of Illinois and Doug Lamborn of Colorado. All four have been vocal supporters of the June coup that ousted the democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya. Zelaya secretly returned to Honduras last week and is currently inside the Brazilian embassy. On Thursday, a group of Brazilian lawmakers traveled to Honduras and condemned the coup government for attacking the embassy with toxic gas.

Brazilian lawmaker Ivan Valente: “The state of siege decree showed that the civil society who supported the coup decreased—businessmen, the Church, several movements, parties, Parliament—and so it was a measure which was not the best for them. That could help in looking for a peaceful solution in order to return to democracy and give legality to the constitutionally elected president and carry out a democratic electoral progress.”

(emphasis added. Schock was the one who made public a report from the Law Library at the Library of Congress which was badly flawed and forms the basis of right-wing justification for the coup).

Nell reminds us of an Eva Golinger piece on where US money goes:

Hence, when the recent coup d’etat occured in Honduras, against democratically-elected President Manuel Zelaya, there was little doubt of U.S. fingerprints. IRI’s name appeared as a recipient of a $700,000 Latin American Regional Grant in 2008-2009 from NED to promote “good governance” programs in countries including Honduras. An additional grant of $550,000 to work with “think tanks” and “pressure groups” in Honduras to influence political parties was also given by the NED to IRI in 2008-2009, specifically stating, IRI will support initiatives to implement [political] positions into the 2009 campaigns. IRI will place special emphasis on Honduras, which has scheduled presidential and parliamentary elections in November 2009.” That is clear direct intervention in internal politics in Honduras.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) also provides approximately $49 million annually to Honduras, a large part of which is directed towards “democracy promotion” programs. The majority of the recipients of this aid in Honduras, which comes in the form of funding, training, resources, strategic advice, communications counseling, political party strengthening and leadership training, are organizations directly linked to the recent coup d’etat, such as the Consejo Nacional Anticorrupción, the Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, the Honduran Private Enterprise Council (COHEP), the Council of University Deans, the Confederation of Honduran Workers (CTH), the National Convergence Forum, the Chamber of Commerce (FEDECAMARA), the Association of Private Media (AMC), the Group Paz y Democracia and the student group Generación X Cambio. These organizations form part of a coalition self-titled “Unión Cívica Democrática de Honduras” (Civil Democratic Union of Honduras) that has publicly backed the coup against President Zelaya.

Tiempo: Four dignitaries of the OAS re-arrived in Honduras, and were met by the American delegate who hadn’t been expelled, John Biehl. COFADEH (human rights) lists at least 12 people killed by the government. They know of 96 persons charged with sedition, which is purely a political crime. Six Brazilian congressmen visited Zelaya as well as magistrates of the Supreme Court and Honduran Congressmen. They were assured that they wouldn’t support an attack on the embassy. The president of the Supreme Court, Jose Rivera Avila said the embassy had all the necessary judicial protection and Jose Alfredo Saavedra Paz said he would talk to Micheletti about lifting the demand that Brazil clarify the status of Zelaya within 10 days. Thirty eight farm leaders were sent to prison for sedition for having occupied the National Agrarian Institute. Bishop Juan Jose Pineda, auxiliary bishop of Tegucigalpa, has proposed a dialogue. Carlos Reyes said it well: “How could I go to a dialogue with a pistol in hand?”

US Dept of State briefing:

QUESTION: Yeah. Are there any restrictions on official U.S. contact with members of Micheletti’s de facto administration?

MR. KELLY: Well, as you know, we don’t recognize the regime of Roberto Micheletti, and as such, we have only minimal contact with his regime, particularly senior members of his regime. We have imposed some visa sanctions on some members of that regime. But at the same time, of course, we are very eager to find a solution to the ongoing conflict and try and reach a solution that restores the democratically elected president to power.

So we do have contacts with representatives of the regime in order to help advance that goal, and of course, we have an Embassy in Tegucigalpa which is very actively involved in facilitating the OAS mission to try and find the solution. .

2 Responses to “Honduras Coup, Act IV, Day 12”

  1. Let the people of Honduras resolve what belongs to be resolved by Hondurans. Zelaya is another puppet of Hugo Chavez he hides behind a double face. Is not the people that support Zelaya the most, is the people that DONT WANT HIM BACK.

    • Charles II said

      You know, Gina, I’d like for the people of Honduras to resolve the issue.

      How can they, when the opposition media has been attacked and destroyed by the dictatorship, when the military shoot and jail people almost at random, when the police beat people for no reason and spread tear gas indiscriminately?

      As for Zelaya, you’re kidding yourself if you think that Zelaya was unpopular. Gallup-CID did a survey immediately after the coup and found his approval at 46%. Micheletti’s was at only 30%.

      So, sure, let the people of Honduras resolve this. End the dictatorship, the massive violations of human rights, and the overheated rhetoric, and the process can begin.

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