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Honduras Coup, Act V, Day 27

Posted by Charles II on November 16, 2009

Update: Tiempo is down. This is highly abnormal and I would guess probably represents coup suppression of the media. Cholusatsur went down (12:20 PM Eastern) and is still down at 12:40 PM. Radio Globo is up, but is broadcasting music.

The Attorney General Luis Alberto Rubí will pursue anyone who interferes with the elections… but not anyone who commits human rights violations (Image from El Libertador)

Rubi

If you need some comic relief, check BoRev on how Hugo Chavez’s comment that conserving water is a good idea, and that he only needs three minutes for a shower, has been variously interpreted proof that Venezuelan socialism is on its last legs or that Hugo Chavez has banned singing in either the shower or in Caracas entirely, depending on whether you are from the insane right or insaner right (caution, probably not worksafe, especially for Brother John).
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Today’s diary will be brief.

The State Dept briefing for today illustrates how duplicitous State has been and that the press is actually challenging them:

QUESTION: On Honduras, Senator Kerry’s – one of his spokespersons recently said that when Thomas Shannon said that the U.S. would recognize the winner of the November 29th elections, even if Zelaya was not to be put back into power beforehand, that that was undermining the deal that had been reached? Can you respond to that?

MR. KELLY: Well, on Honduras, we, of course, are continuing to call on both sides to begin implementing the Tegucigalpa-San Jose Accord. One of the key parts of that is setting up a government of unity and reconciliation, and we feel that once that is set up and the other elements of the accord are implemented, that it will be easier for the international community to recognize the elections. And I think that’s the point that Tom Shannon was trying to stress in his remarks that are referred to there.

QUESTION: But doesn’t it sort of allow Micheletti to – kind of a backseat way, to still be part of the process when the U.S. has been pretty explicit that it recognizes Zelaya as the president?

MR. KELLY: We have been very explicit that we recognize the – Zelaya as the democratically elected leader of Honduras. We think that there is a good way forward that the two sides agreed to in principle, and that right now, we need to concentrate on implementing it. It establishes a solid foundation not only for a way forward with the elections on November 29, but it establishes a foundation for a reconciliation in Honduras between the two sides.

And so that’s – that is what our energies and efforts are focused on. We continue to remain in daily contact with the two sides, both through our Ambassador in Tegucigalpa, and I know that Craig Kelly is – and also in constant telephone contact with the two sides. And we just remain committed to the implementation of this accord, and we’re sticking to that.

Yeah.

QUESTION: Why do you think that Zelaya doesn’t understand this? He sent a letter to President Obama. It seems to me, or it seems that he – he’s waiting for, from the U.S. – U.S., like a message or a solution of the problem. He doesn’t understand that maybe the problem is in Honduras. How do you feel on that? Is there any sensation of the U.S. Government with this why he continues to – not to solve the problem inside instead of waiting and sending a letter to Obama?

MR. KELLY: Yeah. Well, I’m not going to try and interpret why President Zelaya sent this letter. I’ll just say that we all along have been committed to this reconciliation process, to the restoration of the democratically and constitutionally elected leadership. And we have put a lot of effort into restoring democracy to Honduras. And we condemn the June 28 coup. We supported strong UN and OAS resolutions. We implemented tough measures, including suspension of economic and military assistance. And we have been very actively and very directly involved in a negotiated solution. So, I mean, we have been committed from the very start to this process. There hasn’t been any —

QUESTION: So the U.S. —

MR. KELLY: — hasn’t been any change of policy.

QUESTION: The U.S. feels like the OAS secretary, that there is not much to do on the way forward with elections?

MR. KELLY: I’m not sure what you’re referring to.

QUESTION: The secretary of the Organization of American States, in his last speech on the extraordinary meeting of the session, he said that there is not much things that we can do until – wait for the elections.

MR. KELLY: Well, I’m not sure —

QUESTION: That was Insulza (inaudible).

MR. KELLY: Yeah. I haven’t seen those comments, but we – I mean, we are – we continue to be involved. We think there still is something to be done. But our efforts are on trying to get the two sides to do it, to try and get the Hondurans themselves to do it.

QUESTION: Thank you.

QUESTION: No, no, no. Did Zelaya ever get a response to the letter he sent to the Secretary?

MR. KELLY: We have not sent a formal response back to President Zelaya.

QUESTION: So you just – so what is – well, what is he supposed to think? I mean, you guys are – you’re ignoring him now.

MR. KELLY: No, we’re not ignoring him. In fact —

QUESTION: Yeah, you are. He sent —

MR. KELLY: No, we’re not ignoring him.

QUESTION: He sent a letter to Secretary Clinton asking what the U.S. position was and you just said – and that was like, two weeks ago.

MR. KELLY: Yeah. That doesn’t mean we’re ignoring him, though.

QUESTION: And he has not gotten a response.

MR. KELLY: I mean, we do talk to him. I know that senior American officials do talk to him. Just because we haven’t sent a formal response yet doesn’t mean we’re ignoring him.

QUESTION: Well, it seems – well, you know, talk is one thing, but something put down on paper is quite another. And it just seems to me that you’re kind of still floundering around for a policy here —

MR. KELLY: Well —

QUESTION: — and you’re not willing to put anything down on paper.

MR. KELLY: I don’t agree.

QUESTION: You don’t?

MR. KELLY: I don’t agree we’re floundering. I mean, we haven’t changed our policy. We have senior officials still involved in trying to get the two sides to – not to agree, but to implement something they’ve already agreed to, all right? I think we’re very – we remain very much involved in the process.

QUESTION: Can you explain why you have not replied to a letter from someone you consider to be the democratic —

MR. KELLY: I don’t think I have to. I don’t think I have to respond, Matt. We haven’t respond —

QUESTION: Well, I guess you don’t, because your silence to him says it all.

On Channel 36, there isn’t any silence. They are (very politely) savaging the hypocrites and liars running our government. A note for Phoenix Woman: as much as a weenie as Kerry may have seemed during 2004, it is basic acts of decency like calling out the State Department here that made me believe he was qualified to be president. Is there any other senator doing anything except dialing for dollars?

Zelaya responds to the press briefing: “The United States has to have a reliable word.” Esdras Amado Lopez says that the coup fired live ammunition at Choluteca [presumably an attack on their radio facility]. Zelaya says that the Congress can do whatever it want, but their crimes will not be forgotten. A special commission has met with Llorens, because the US has not said the final word.

Thanks to Brother John for drawing attention to the following report:

“It was a pleasure to announce that the congress of the International Liberal organization, two weeks ago, chose Roberto Micheletti as one of the vice-presidents”, said Hans Van Baalen president of the Liberal International after a meeting with Micheletti who last June was named Honduran caretaker president following the ousting of elected president Manuel Zelaya.

Now maybe Micheletti and van Baalen can get thrown out of Honduras together.

Tom Hayden at The Nation recognizes that the big loser in this, aside from international law and the Honduran people, is Obama, whose nice face has been used for filthy purposes. An excerpt from this article goes to the question of what the real casualty count is:

Sara Aguilar, formerly of the Honduran public defenders’ office, estimated 113 deaths from the police repression thus far, many of them victims followed and killed in their own homes, while no police officers have been brought to account. In some cases, lawyers have been beaten when seeing their clients in jail. Aguilar has taken leave from her public defender job to coordinate the new Movement for Dignity and Justice (MADJ).

The labor movement understands that what is done to Honduras can be done to them. From the AFL-CIO blog:

The continued repression of trade unionists by the regime set up in Honduras after a June 28 coup makes it impossible to hold free and fair elections, says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka in a Nov. 13 letter to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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