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One Year of the Honduran Dictatorship (Day 161 under Lobo)

Posted by Charles II on June 27, 2010

To be updated throughout the day.

5 AM, June 28th marks the moment in time when Honduras cast away years of striving to leave behind a history replete with death squads and American manipulation in favor of multi-party democracy. The dictatorship has sown the wind, and reaped the whirlwind.

Events on 6/27
* Protests in Chelsea, MA (via Adrienne)

Events planned for 6/28
* Protests in Madrid (Vos el Soberano via Adrienne)
* Protests in Washington DC (via Adrienne)
* Protests in Minneapolis (via Adrienne)
* Protest by US congressmen (via Adrienne, who reproduces the letter to Hillary)
* Commemoration and concert, San Pedro Sula (Vos el Soberano)
* Protest in New York City, 4PM (DemocracyNow)

Events of the day
* Berta Caceres of the human rights group COPINH detained by police (Defensores en Linea, no direct link). Caceres was placed under protective measures by the OAS. She blames US troops for the harassment she and other associates have suffered.
* Belen Fernandez commemorates the 1-year mark
* Joyce and Sheptak on Hillary Clinton’s amnesia and other cognitive deficiencies as she demands that other nations accept Honduras back into the fold
* Dawn Paley on the Honduran business elite, especially mining
* Quixote Center and other human rights groups visit (6/24-7/1)
* The dictatorship is celebrating its accomplishments with a march (El Lib)
* Amnesty says that the Lobo regime has not demonstrated that it’s serious about ending human rights abuses.
* Tiempo editorializes
* Radio Globo, 10AM Eastern, David Romero and Roni just finished talking about the situation today, which I mostly missed. A woman complained about helicopters buzzing the area. Now a new announcer in the plaza “Merlin, Hilda, Jenny, and someone”. Listing the members of the Alternate Truth Commission. Lots of eminent personalities, among whom is Fausto Milla, a Catholic priest (see RNS for the list).
* DemocracyNow has an interview with Gerardo Torres, a very young journalist. Among the important points: he claims there is definite proof of a US role in the coup and he says that the proven human rights violations under Lobo are nearly as numerous as under Micheletti; also the repression is heavier.
* Via Adrienne, Joseph Shansky has a piece in Upside Down World titled The Coup is not Over
* Via Adrienne, Defensores en Linea reportthat the police equipped with billy clubs and tear gas surrounded a peaceful demonstration in Villas del Sol. Adrienne says the police attacked the demonstrators. First Lady Xiomara Castro was expected to be at the demo, according to Telesur.
* Defensores en Linea also reported that Radio Uno in San Pedro Sula was harassed by police.
* Zelaya reiterated that the US was behind the coup, and said it was planned by the US military in Palmerola air base.
* Brother John has a retrospective and comments on the present. Most pertinent was the comment of a woman who was asked what her concerns were: “Eating”, she said. Brother John says that the resistance needs to focus on helping people meet basic needs. He also remarks that the teachings of early church fathers on inequality, as represented by Charles Avila’s book would have been regarded as radical today. It’s true: the epistles are pretty clear that where Christ is, there is no hoarding of resources.
* COPINH has joined the national strike called by the FNRP (Resistance)
* Peace Reporter has a film retrospective, interviewing Padre Andres Tamayo, who has been exiled (via Hibueras)
* Adrienne has photos from the night of 6/27-28
* Bill Quigley of the Center for Constitutional Rights writes.
* Sarah Stephens of the Center for Democracy in the Americas writes
* Joseph Huff-Hannon writes for The Guardian about the atmosphere of intimidation in Honduras on the eve of the coup:

“A lot of people can’t quite understand a movement that doesn’t revolve around a caudillo,” Gerardo tells me. “This resistance movement is wide and complex. We have feminists working with Christian activists, who are working with labour activists. Zelaya is important, but the popular movement more so. And we think the repression has built up because those who have always run the country are scared, and this is their desperate response. Them with their arms, us with our ideas.”

* Irina Bokova of UNESCO

condemned the killing on 14 June of Honduran journalist Luis Arturo Mondragón Morazán, the owner and director of Channel 19 television station… “It is essential that this murder, like those that preceded it, is subject to a thorough investigation to stem the tide of alarming violence against media that is crippling democracy in Honduras,” said Ms. Bokova. “It is crucial that the bloodshed ends to uphold the universal right to freedom of expression and the right of Honduran citizens to be informed about what is happening in their country,” she added.

* Film from Channel 36 shows large demonstrations. The commentators say that the “camisas blancas” were able to fill the plaza once– by emptying out all the government buildings– while the resistance was able to raise a superior number without forcing people to attend. It really does look like a broad swath of society.
* Rights Action: Rights Action
* Felix Molina on Radio Globo (10PM Eastern) urges callers to bring news of what they did today. A teacher from Choluteca: From 7AM – 1PM, they marched. Another caller, a professor: there will be a strike in Francisco Morazan Tuesday. A caller from Choloma, San Pedro: A beautiful demonstration, from 11-3PM, music and celebretory. In Liberty Plaza, they replaced a statue with “a liberator” (I think this is Zelaya). The police beat a few people when they were thinned out. Caller from Centroamerica Oeste. Caller from Colon: Enthusiastic. Met at the Tocoa Bridge. A caller, Melisa, from COPINH in Jesus y Otoro [?]: we held a vote on the Constitutional Convention. Lots of energy, color, blankets. An excerpt from Notinada. A caller from Tocoa. They took the bridge, went to the Cultural Center at 4PM. A caller from La Paz, Morazan: Everyone who could went out. A caller from Olancho: Happy. We had a demo. A caller from Guaymaca. Felix says they were in the Tegucigalpa plaza from 4AM (not clear whether he was reading an e-mail). A caller from Florida Patoro [?]: a caravan. Tencoa, Santa Barbara. La Ceiba. Felix: Tegucigalpa was owned by the Resistance for most of the day.
* Pro-coup La Tribuna reports that the Resistance “paralyzed traffic at the exits of Choloma, El Progreson, Santa Rita, and Tela for over three hours.” That was about all the coverage the Resistance got in the Honduran media. Even Tiempo put their coverage of the demo below the fold.

The white shirt march
The White Shirt March (from Proceso Digital)

The Resistance march in one location
A Resistance March in one location (from Tiempo)

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