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Coup in Honduras

Monday, June 29, 2009
A pro-democracy protestor sings the national anthem outside the presidential palace (Oswaldo Rivas/Reuters).

A pro-democracy protestor sings the national anthem outside the presidential palace (Oswaldo Rivas/Reuters).

So the Supreme Court of Honduras rules that a non-binding poll to see if the citizens of Honduras want to change the constitution is illegal but then the same court stated that a military coup that ousted a democratically elected leader is “legal.”  Interesting.

Fidel Castro writes:

The coup plotters did not need anything else from the OAS.  They didn’t give a damn about the presence of a large number of international observers who traveled to that country to vouchsafe a popular referendum and to whom Zelaya spoke until late in the night.  Before dawn today they deployed 200 professional and well-trained soldiers to attack the president’s residence.  Roughly pushing aside the Honor Guard squadron, they then kidnapped Zelaya, who was sleeping at that point, took him to the air base, forcibly bundled him aboard an airplane, and transported him to an air base in Costa Rica.

From the New York Times:

The United States has a history of backing rival political factions and instigating coups in the region, and administration officials have found themselves on the defensive in recent days, dismissing repeated allegations by President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela that the C.I.A. may have had a hand in the president’s removal.

The United States has long had strong ties to the Honduras military.

Supporters of democracy and those of President Zelaya have been protesting the move by the military, while the new government has militarized the city, set up a curfew, and is breaking up protests, all in the name of “democracy.”

Gabriela Gurvich reports:

On Sunday, political and social organizations formed the Popular Resistance Front, which called on the public to go on a general strike of citizens, and trade unions, peasant organizations, and student groups will be participating, beginning this Monday.


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