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Honduran dictatorship, day 90/updated

Posted by Charles II on April 26, 2010

RAJ reports on Pretendisent Lobo’s Rainbow Tour of New Orleans, complete with apparently fictional award. More important, Pretendisent Lobo has now basically admitted that he was in favor of the coup, something that could cause Washington acute embarrassment, since they like to bill him as the curative of the coup.

The president of Congress, Leonel Hernandez, says that when they took over, the country was broken, like a pasture.

Revistazo interviewed Gerardo Chevez, journalist with Radio Progreso, on death threats. He said that he has spent seven years exposing corruption and detailing poverty without any threats of the magnitude that he has gotten for covering the coup. There’s one puzzling line in a death threat that seems to read, “We’re doing away with the checks, and next are the priests.” I think it’s supposed to read doing away with Chevez, and next the priests.

Vos el Soberano appears to be functioning normally again, after apparently being hacked.

Candelario Reyes Garcia of Santa Barbara says he has been harassed and apparently targeted for assassination. He got visited by a couple of vehicles filled with heavily armed paramilitaries, who told him that shooting a communist dog like him was the best example for the “cabrones” of the resistance.
Via Adrienne, COHA slams the pretense of democracy in Honduras, especially the dismissal of assassinations of journalists as a “crime wave.”

Via Adrienne, the Jesuits have issued a communique: “Father Melo [Ismael Moreno] has been subjected to death threats by unknown people…Gerardo Chévez, reporter for Radio Progreso, is also receiving threats related to his broadcasting work with the radio”

Anne Marie O’Connor of The Washington Post woke up for long enough to notice that journalists are being massacred in Honduras. But she didn’t stay awake long enough to read her own article. She quotes Carlos Lauria of CPJ to say that the murders are “the work of hit men, very professional.” and Jose Miguel Vivanco oif HRW to say that Pretendisent Lobo “has shown little willingness to solve a pattern of threats, harassment and attacks on grass-roots leaders, unionists and priests since the coup.” but she keeps saying that they were reporting on organized crime, leaving the clear impression these are drug killings. O’Connor refuses to say that they were pretty much all pro-Resistance, and that any reporting on drugs they did was more about government corruption. That allows her to remain asleep… but for how much longer?

It’s almost becoming respectable to criticize the dictatorship. Kevin Casas-Zamora of Brookings says:

President Lobo’s record of implementing these agreements is mixed. He made a commendable effort to integrate a national unity government and played a decisive role in pressing for a controversial but necessary amnesty for political offenses. Another key clause of the agreements, i.e. installing a Truth Commission to inquire into the events before and after June 28 has proved more problematic, however. The concern here is the adamant opposition from very influential right wing sectors, closely linked to Micheletti, to allowing the Commission to investigate the human rights abuses that took place after June 28. These abuses have been documented and denounced by the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR), among many organizations.

Mr. Casas-Zamora is also nodding off, not noticing the pile of dead bodies. Part of the blame for this falls on the IACHR, which has been remarkably conservative in ascribing blame for the murders. Still, Isis Obed Murillo is kind of hard to overlook.

From Adrienne, Mario Ardon-Mejia explains that “this government stubbornly perpetrates the continuity of the coup d’etat for numerous reasons:” And he lists them.

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