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Maybe Latino Lives Matter will get on this

Posted by Charles II on August 19, 2015

Jonathan Marshall, The Consortium:

Exclusive: As Secretary of State in 2009, Hillary Clinton helped a right-wing coup in Honduras remove an elected left-of-center president, setting back the cause of democracy and enabling corrupt and drug-tainted forces to tighten their grip on the poverty-stricken country, as Jonathan Marshall explains.

The Obama administration has expressed sympathy for anti-corruption movements in Central America, but has yet to acknowledge its failure to protect democracy in Honduras against a military coup in 2009, which set the stage for that country’s current crisis.

Bowing to pressure from conservative Republicans in Congress, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton refused to condemn the ouster of leftist President Manuel Zelaya in 2009. By her own admission, she began plotting within days to prevent him from returning to office.

Her recently released emails show that she sought help from a pro-coup lobbyist for Honduran business interests to establish communications with the new military-backed president. She also approved the continuation of U.S. aid to the illegitimate new regime, blocked demands by the Organization of American States for Zelaya’s return, and accepted subsequent presidential elections that were condemned by most international observers as unfair and marred by violent intimidation.

So, perhaps Latino activists could be as aggressive in asking Hillary Clinton about her role in the Honduran coup as Black Lives Matters has been in asking Bernie Sanders how his administration would handle racial disparities in the criminal justice system.

2 Responses to “Maybe Latino Lives Matter will get on this”

  1. That would require a large number of prominent American Latinos to have a problem with the coup. And with the biggest Spanish-language TV network wildly applauding Zelaya’s ouster, it’s not surprising that we’re hearing nothing about Honduras’ coup-spawned dictatorship in the US media, in either English or Spanish.

    Besides, what with Trump leading the rest of the GOP field into openly using terms like “anchor babies” and dropping even the pretense of Latino outreach, it’s not as if the Republicans are looking all that appetizing to Latinos lately, Jeb’s wife and Messrs. Cruz and Rubio notwithstanding.

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