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Honduran dictatorship, day 510

Posted by Charles II on May 31, 2011

Amy Goodman:

When President Zelaya walks off the plane, he kneels down and kisses the ground. After greeting family and friends, many of whom he hadn’t seen for years, his motorcade slowly made its way through massive crowds to the rally to thank his supporters. It was held at the memorial to the young man killed by Honduran security when Zelaya had attempted to land in Honduras a week after the coup. President Zelaya addressed the crowd. Zelaya then went to the presidential palace and had a ceremonial banquet with the delegation that accompanied him on the flight, as well as the current Honduran president, Porfirio Lobo, and OAS Secretary General Insulza. President Zelaya then went home for the first time in 23 months. Friends and family gathered throughout the house, including his bedroom, singing songs and greeting each other.

Xiomara Hortensia (Pichu) Zelaya described the kidnapping here.

And from the interview with Zelaya:

AMY GOODMAN: Why were you brought to the U.S. military base? It is not that far to fly from Tegucigalpa airport to Costa Rica. Why would you be brought to the U.S. military base? And they must have had the U.S. military’s permission.

MANUEL ZELAYA: [translated] The U.S. State Department has always denied, and they continue to deny, any ties with the coup d’état. Nevertheless, all of the proof incriminates the U.S. government. And all of the actions that were taken by the de facto regime, or the golpista regime, which are those who carried out the coup, and it is to make favor of the industrial policies and the military policies and the financial policies of the United States in Honduras.

AMY GOODMAN: You say that the coup was a conspiracy. And you talked about the right wing in the United States. Explain exactly what you understand. Who fomented this coup against you?

MANUEL ZELAYA: [translated] The conspiracy began when I started to join what is ALBA, the Latin American nations with Bolivarian Alternative. So, a dirty war at the psychological level was carried out against me. Otto Reich started this. The ex-Under Secretary of State Roger Noriega, Robert Carmona, and the Arcadia Foundation, created by the CIA, they associated themselves with the right wing, with military groups, and they formed a conspiracy.

MANUEL ZELAYA: [translated] Hugo Llorens cooperated in order to avoid the coup d’état. He knew everything that was happening in Honduras. And I am a witness to the effort that he made to stop the coup. But when he perceived that he could no longer stop it, then he withdrew. I don’t know if he had orders to withdraw, but he allowed everything to happen. He did help my family a great deal after the coup. And I am grateful to him now. He showed me that he is someone who believes in democracy and not in the coups d’état. But a great part of the Pentagon does not believe this, nor does the Southern Command.

AMY GOODMAN: What does the Southern Command have to do with this?

MANUEL ZELAYA: [translated] The link that Ambassador Ford, who was the ambassador from the United States before Llorens, he said that I could not have a friendship with Hugo Chávez. He wanted me to give political [asylum] to Posada Carriles.

MANUEL ZELAYA: [translated]… Ford, left this letter as a profile of the president, and when you read it, you can tell that it is the precursor of the coup itself. WikiLeaks published this document. They published the profile that Ambassador Ford made of me to give to Hugo Llorens, saying that the United States needs to make decisions about what it will do the following year in order to detain me, because I am tied to narcotrafficking and to terrorism and to many, many other things. So, he prepared the ambiance, situation. And he was transferred from the embassy to the Southern Command. And that is the tie. And if you ask today, where is this Ambassador Ford? He is in the Southern Command. And so, he left here in order to prepare the coup d’état.

Adrienne explains in NACLA why she thinks the situation is not tenable, and Dana Frank, writing in The Progressive, agrees. From their descriptions, most of the leftist countries of Latin America are falling into line with recognizing Honduras. Only Rafael Correa points out, correctly, that if no one is punished, then the most basic condition for reconciliation– the admission of wrong–has not been fulfilled, so impunity reigns. Grassroots organizations, while greeting Zelaya enthusiastically, may also not be in line. In an epic series of posts, RAJ and RNS at Honduras Culture and Politics expand on this theme:
1. A translation and analysis of the Cartagena accord. In this post, RNS notes a division in the Resistance between those who want to form a political party (thus fatally splitting the Liberal Party) and those who want to remain a movement independent of political parties. I think this is not as bad as it sounds, since the rump would be Micheletti and his cronies, leaving them unable to use the Liberal Party as a mask for their reactionary activities. RNS seems to think that the Cartagena Accord was negotiated outside of US influence, calling State “decidedly unhelpful in pursuing mediation,” but since the larger objective of glossing over the coup has been accomplished, I doubt State is too worried.
2. An analysis of how the Resistance is reacting by RAJ. The Resistance seems to be indicating that it does not accept the unacceptable human rights situation, is creating some distance of separation between the Resistance and Zelaya, and does not wish to become a political party.
3. A former leader of the neoliberal/reactionary UCD objects to the accords.
4. RAJ reviews the statement by Artists in Resistance that Adrienne translated in part.

[To be continued here]

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