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Honduran dictatorship, day 511: Adrienne Pine and Rodolfo Pastor Fasquelle interviews

Posted by Charles II on June 1, 2011

Professor Adrienne Pine and former Culture Minister Rodolfo Pastor Fasquelle gave two important interviews on DemocracyNow that help to contextualize the coup. In matters like this, the first order of business is establishing the truth of what happened: what about Zelaya so alarmed the US that it was willing to take the reckless gamble of a coup, especially when the stakes were so meager? Who in the US government participated? How, exactly, did the coup come down? What, exactly, was the dictatorship’s response after the coup? These questions matter, because without a clear historical record, justice cannot be done. Furthermore, even if the coupistas escape the hand of human justice, as happens all too often in the developing world, the hand of history can judge them and prevent recurrences.

In yesterday’s post, Zelaya absolved Ambassador Hugo Llorens from responsibility from the coup. I tend to agree that the Wikipedia cable seems to indicate that Llorens was opposed; however, that does not mean he was uninvolved in the attempts to remove Zelaya through legalistic (but not truly legal) procedure. Zelaya names Southcom. In the interviews above, which I highly recommend, Pastor Fasquelle mentions the CIA and Southcom. Both Pastor Fasquelle and Zelaya indicate that the primary motivator in the coup were Zelaya’s relationship with Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez; Pastor Fasquelle even points out that the only reason Honduras accepted subsidized oil from ALBA was because the US refused to provide it. Adrienne deals more extensively with the current human rights situation, but she also mentions the status of Palmerola/Soto Cano (i.e., Southcom), and that the US is constructing barracks, thereby dispelling the fiction that it is not a US facility. She also mentions the alarming militarization of the country, particularly in regions where there is political unrest.

To come: more from the Honduras Culture and Politics analysis promised yesterday

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  2. Thanks for this, Charles. Sounds like Zelaya is hoping to get the US at least partially off his back, though I doubt this will do the trick.

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