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Joe Anybody Latin America Solidarity
Friday, 25 November 2016
How US policy in Honduras set the stage for today’s mass migration
Mood:  don't ask
Now Playing: Corrupt US policy in Honduras - Shame on the USA
Topic: Honduras Solidarity

How US policy in Honduras set the stage for today’s mass migration

October 31, 2016 9.00pm EDT

 

 

 

https://theconversation.com/how-us-policy-in-honduras-set-the-stage-for-todays-mass-migration-65935

 

 

U.S. Marines in Honduras in July 2016. Wikimedia Commons

 

Central American migrants – particularly unaccompanied minors – are again crossing the U.S.-Mexico boundary in large numbers.

In 2014, more than 68,000 unaccompanied Central American childrenwere apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico boundary. This year so far there have been close to 60,000.

The mainstream narrative often reduces the causes of migration to factors unfolding in migrants’ home countries. In reality, migration is often a manifestation of a profoundly unequal and exploitative relationship between migrant-sending countries and countries of destination. Understanding this is vital to making immigration policy more effective and ethical.

Through my research on immigration and border policing, I have learned a lot about these dynamics. One example involves relations between Honduras and the United States.

U.S. roots of Honduran emigration

I first visited Honduras in 1987 to do research. As I walked around the city of Comayagua, many thought that I, a white male with short hair in his early 20’s, was a U.S. soldier. This was because hundreds of U.S. soldiers were stationed at the nearby Palmerola Air Base at the time. Until shortly before my arrival, many of them would frequent Comayagua, particularly its “red zone” of female sex workers.

U.S. military presence in Honduras and the roots of Honduran migration to the United States are closely linked. It began in the late 1890s, when U.S.-based banana companies first became active there. As historian Walter LaFeber writes in “Inevitable Revolutions: The United States in Central America,” American companies “built railroads, established their own banking systems, and bribed government officials at a dizzying pace.” As a result, the Caribbean coast “became a foreign-controlled enclave that systematically swung the whole of Honduras into a one-crop economy whose wealth was carried off to New Orleans, New York, and later Boston.”

By 1914, U.S. banana interests owned almost 1 million acres of Honduras’ best land. These holdings grew through the 1920s to such an extent that, as LaFeber asserts, Honduran peasants “had no hope of access to their nation’s good soil.” Over a few decades, U.S. capital also came to dominate the country’s banking and mining sectors, a process facilitated by the weak state of Honduras’ domestic business sector. This was coupled with direct U.S. political and military interventions to protect U.S. interests in 1907 and 1911.

Such developments made Honduras’ ruling class dependent on Washington for support. A central component of this ruling class was and remains the Honduran military. By the mid-1960s it had become, in LaFeber’s words, the country’s “most developed political institution,” – one that Washington played a key role in shaping.

The Reagan era

A U.S. military advisor instructs Honduran troopers in Puerto Castilla, Honduras, in 1983. AP Photo

This was especially the case during the presidency of Ronald Reagan in the 1980s. At that time, U.S. political and military policy was so influential that many referred to the Central American country as the “U.S.S. Honduras” and the Pentagon Republic.

As part of its effort to overthrow the Sandinista government in neighboring Nicaragua and “roll back” the region’s leftist movements, the Reagan administration “temporarily” stationed several hundred U.S. soldiers in Honduras. Moreover, it trained and sustained Nicaragua’s “contra” rebels on Honduran soil, while greatly increasing military aid and arm sales to the country.

The Reagan years also saw the construction of numerous joint Honduran-U.S. military bases and installations. Such moves greatly strengthened the militarization of Honduran society. In turn, political repression rose. There was a dramatic increase in the number of political assassinations, “disappearances” and illegal detentions.

The Reagan administration also played a big role in restructuring the Honduran economy. It did so by strongly pushing for internal economic reforms, with a focus on exporting manufactured goods. It also helped deregulate and destabilize the global coffee trade, upon which Honduras heavily depended. These changes made Honduras more amenable to the interests of global capital. They disrupted traditional forms of agriculture and undermined an already weak social safety net.

These decades of U.S. involvement in Honduras set the stage for Honduran emigration to the United States, which began to markedly increase in the 1990s.

In the post-Reagan era, Honduras remained a country scarred by a heavy-handed military, significant human rights abuses and pervasive poverty. Still, liberalizing tendencies of successive governments and grassroots pressure provided openings for democratic forces.

They contributed, for example, to the election of Manuel Zelaya, a liberal reformist, as president in 2006. He led on progressive measures such as raising the minimum wage. He also tried to organize a plebiscite to allow for a constituent assembly to replace the country’s constitution, which had been written during a military government. However, these efforts incurred the ire of the country’s oligarchy, leading to his overthrow by the military in June 2009.

Post-coup Honduras

The 2009 coup, more than any other development, explains the increase in Honduran migration across the southern U.S. border in the last few years. The Obama administration has played an important role in these developments. Although it officially decried Zelaya’s ouster, it equivocated on whether or not it constituted a coup, which would have required the U.S. to stop sending most aid to the country.

Then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets with Honduran foreign minister in 2010. AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in particular, sent conflicting messages, and worked to ensure that Zelaya did not return to power. This was contrary to the wishes of the Organization of American States, the leading hemispheric political forum composed of the 35 member-countries of the Americas, including the Caribbean. Several months after the coup, Clinton supported a highly questionable election aimed at legitimating the post-coup government.

Strong military ties between the U.S. and Honduras persist: several hundred U.S. troops are stationed at Soto Cano Air Base (formerly Palmerola) in the name of fighting the drug war and providing humanitarian aid.

Since the coup, writes historian Dana Frank, “a series of corrupt administrations has unleashed open criminal control of Honduras, from top to bottom of the government.”

Organized crime, drug traffickers and the country’s police heavily overlap. Impunity reigns in a country with frequent politically-motivated killings. It is the world’s most dangerous country for environmental activists, according to Global Witness, an international nongovernmental organization.

Although its once sky-high murder rate has declined, the continuing exodus of many youth demonstrates that violent gangs still plague urban neighborhoods.

Meanwhile, post-coup governments have intensified an increasingly unregulated, “free market” form of capitalism that makes life unworkablefor many. Government spending on health and education, for example, has declined in Honduras. Meanwhile, the country’s poverty rate has risen markedly. These contribute to the growing pressures that push many people to migrate.

While the next U.S. president will deliberate about what to do about unwanted immigration from “south of the border,” this history provides lessons as to the roots of migration. It also raises ethical questions as to the responsibility of the United States toward those now fleeing from the ravages U.S. policy has helped to produce.


Posted by Joe Anybody at 10:35 AM
Saturday, 5 June 2010
Another Mrder In Broad Daylight In Honduras
Mood:  don't ask
Now Playing: Murder and oppresion in Honduras Continues
Topic: Honduras Solidarity

 

 

 

ORIGINAL ARTICLE IS HERE:

http://www.rel-uita.org/internacional/honduras/democradura/una_caceria_humana-eng.htm


 

A little after noon on Wednesday, Feb. 24, in the city of San Pedro Sula, there was a knock on the door at Claudia Larissa Brizuela's house, where she was celebrating her 36th birthday. As soon as she opened the door she was gunned down, with three shots to the head that killed instantly. Claudia was an active member of the trade union of employees of the Mayor's Office, where she worked. She was also the daughter of Pedro Brizuela, a prominent local leader of the National Popular Resistance Front (FNRP).

 

This new terrorist killing occurred just before a large mobilization planned by FNRP for the capital, Tegucigalpa, to protest against the Truth Commission, which is seen as a way of guaranteeing that all the criminals involved in the coup and the ensuing savage repression will not be punished.

 

Claudia is the third deadly victim of the government of Porfirio Lobo, who's only been in office one month. Vanessa Zepeda and Julio Funes had already been slain this past month in similar circumstances.

 

Pedro Brizuela, Claudia's father, linked the murder to his FNRP activities and to an attempt to terrorize anyone who dares to fight for democracy in Honduras.

 

The repression is now targeting women in particular, as several women have reported that they've been receiving threat calls and are being harassed, also by phone, by unidentified callers who announce the death of their children or of somebody close to them. One woman was followed by a car and another was brutally beaten, losing an eye and several teeth and suffering back injuries.

 

This selective violence against low-ranking FNRP, trade union and social organization leaders has intensified since Jan. 28, when Porfirio Lobo took office. His security minister, Oscar Álvarez, has stated publicly that the resistance must be eradicated because "there's no longer any reason for it to exist."

 

The strategy deployed by Honduras' Intelligence Services consists of sowing terror through highly public, almost televised, killings of low-ranking leaders, sparing, for the time being, the more prominent leaders of the opposition. This strategy has apparently a double aim: intimidating the people with a state-terrorism-type "low-intensity hunt" while, supposedly, avoiding major national and international scandals that would be triggered by the killing of more well-known figures.

 

This regime is not governing democratically; it is not a democracy. And already there are people who have paid with their lives, demonstrating the true nature of the government. It's not by chance that Porfirio Lobo's leading security advisor is José Félix Ramajo, an ISA (International Security Academy) instructor, with connections to the Mossad, the Israeli intelligence service.

 

Honduras is seeing the reemergence of the state terrorism it suffered in the 1980s, but with a slight difference: the perpetration of selective killings targeting low-rankings activists. There are no massacres, no mutilated or dismembered bodies dumped in the suburbs; there are no high-profile assassination as of yet. The form of repression carried out now is much more perverse, because it uses the media to broadcast the killings and convey a clear message: "You could be the next victim; or your children, or your relatives, or your friends." Anyone can be next. It spreads a terror magnified by impunity to an almost universal scale.

 

What mind is capable of conceiving this kind of strategy? Just putting it into words is repugnant.

 

Rel-UITA, the IUF's Latin American Office, once again holds President Porfirio Lobo responsible for these murders, along with all the governments that supported the process that led to the ousting of Manuel Zelaya and the establishment of this terrorist dictatorship disguised as a democracy.

 

The blood of Claudia, of Vanessa, of Julio and of all the other victims of state terrorism in Honduras should stain the spotless offices of the White House. The inconsolable cries of eight-year-old Eduard and two-year-old Said, Claudia's orphans, should resound in the broad and elegant halls of the U.S. presidency and fill its war-spreading peace-talking President with shame.

 

Rel-UITA condemns this and all other murders committed against the Honduran people as they fought for their rights, for their democracy, and it will go on denouncing without pause the true perpetrators of these crimes against humanity.

 

The international community must react quickly and forcefully to condemn the governments that support these inhumane regime.

 


 

 

Il 24 febbraio, poco dopo mezzogiorno, nella città di San Pedro Sula, qualcuno ha bussato alla porta di Claudia Larissa Brizuela, che stava compiendo 36 anni. Aprendo ha ricevuto tre pallottole alla testa, morendo sul colpo. Claudia era militante nel sindacato del Comune dove lavorava e figlia di Pedro Brizuela, connotato dirigente locale del Fronte Nazionale di Resistenza Popolare (FNRP). 

 

Questo nuovo omicidio terroristico è accaduto alla vigilia di una grande mobilitazione organizzata dal FNRP nella capitale, Tegucigalpa, in rifiuto alla Commissione della Verità, considerata come la via d’uscita verso l'impunità per tutti i criminali coinvolti nel colpo di Stato e nella selvaggia repressione che è seguita. 

 

Claudia è la terza vittima mortale in questo primo mese di governo di Porfirio Lobo. Sono già stati assassinati in circostanze abbastanza simili Vanessa Zepeda e Julio Funes

 

Pedro Brizuela, padre di Claudia, ha relazionato l’omicidio di sua figlia con la sua partecipazione alle attività del FNRP e al tentativo di terrorizzare chi continua a sostenere la lotta per la democrazia in Honduras

 

La repressione sembra ora essere diretta soprattutto contro le donne, poiché sono varie quelle che hanno denunciato di avere ricevuto in questi giorni minacce telefoniche, come per esempio essere perseguitate da telefonate di persone che non si identificano e che annunciano la morte dei loro figli o di altri parenti. Una di esse è stata inseguita da un’auto, mentre un’altra è stata assalita e colpita ripetutamente, provocandole gravi ferite a un occhio, la perdita di vari denti e una lesione alla colonna vertebrale. 

 

La violenza selettiva contro dirigenti di base del FNRP, sindacati ed organizzazioni sociali si è incrementata a partire dallo scorso 28 gennaio, giorno successivo all’insediamento di Porfirio Lobo. Il suo ministro della Sicurezza, Óscar Álvarez, ha espresso pubblicamente che è necessario sradicare la resistenza in quanto “non ha più ragione di esistere” 

 

La strategia implementata dai Servizi Segreti honduregni consiste nel seminare il terrore mediante l’omicidio pubblico, quasi mediatico, dei e delle dirigenti di base, evitando –per adesso– le personalità più conosciute dell'opposizione. Questa strategia avrebbe il doppio effetto di installare una vera e propria “caccia all’uomo” di bassa intensità, con caratteristiche proprie del terrorismo di Stato per intimorire la popolazione e, allo stesso tempo, evitare maggiori scandali nazionali ed internazionali che provocherebbero gli omicidi di personalità conosciute. 

 

Questo regime non governa in democrazia, non è una democrazia. E sono già molte le persone che hanno pagato con la loro vita questa evidenza. Non è un caso, quindi, che il principale assessore del servizio di sicurezza di Porfirio Lobo sia José Félix Ramajo, istruttore dell'ISA (International Security Academy), con risaputi vincoli con i servizi segreti israeliani del Mossad

 

In Honduras si sta implementando una riedizione del terrorismo di Stato degli anni 80, ma con una variante: la selettività nel colpire la base. Non ci sono massacri collettivi, corpi mutilati, spezzati, abbandonati nelle periferie; non ci sono ancora “magnicidi”. Il concetto di repressione che si applica adesso è molto più perverso, perché utilizza la diffusione mediatica delle morti con un messaggio ben chiaro: “Il prossimo puoi essere tu, o tu, o i tuoi figli, parenti, amici o amiche". È la disseminazione di un terrore che l'impunità amplifica su scala quasi universale. 

 

Che genere di mente può produrre questo tipo di strategia? Solo enunciarlo fa venire la nausea. 

 

La Rel-UITA segnala nuovamente la responsabilità del presidente Porfirio Lobo in questi omicidi, così come quella dei governi che hanno sostenuto il processo che ha defenestrato Manuel Zelaya ed ha istaurato questa democratura terroristica. 

 

Il sangue di Claudia, di Vanessa, di Julio e di tutte le vittime del terrorismo di Stato in Honduras deve arrivare fino agli incontaminati uffici della Casa Bianca. Il pianto sconsolato di Eduard e Said, di otto e due anni rispettivamente, orfani di Claudia, deve rimbombare nei suoi ampi saloni e sui suoi ingioiellati muri e riempire di vergogna questo Presidente afroamericano che sparge la guerra e la morte parlando di pace. 

 

La Rel-UITA condanna questo e tutti gli omicidi perpetrati contro il popolo honduregno che lotta per la difesa dei suoi diritti, per la sua democrazia, e continuerà a denunciare permanentemente i veri responsabili di questi crimini di lesa umanità. 

 

La comunità internazionale deve reagire rapidamente ed energicamente, e condannare i governi che sostengono questo regime inumano.

 


Posted by Joe Anybody at 11:56 AM
Updated: Saturday, 5 June 2010 12:00 PM
Wednesday, 14 April 2010
HUMAN RIGHTS DELEGATION TO HONDURAS, June 26-July 4, 2010
Mood:  energetic
Now Playing: consider joining this delegation - information is below
Topic: Honduras Solidarity

RIGHTS ACTION invites you to join a …

HUMAN RIGHTS DELEGATION TO HONDURAS, June 26-July 4, 2010

Since the June 28th oligarchic-military coup against the government of President Zelaya, Rights Action – along with other North American activist and solidarity groups – have been working hard to support the extraordinary anti-coup, pro-democracy movement.

Now that the illegal November 29th “elections” are over, now that the January 27, 2010 “transfer of power” to the new regime of Pepe Lobo, is over, this delegation will overlap with the first anniversary of the June 28, 2009, oligarchic-military coup that ousted the democratic government of President Zelaya.

Not just an educational delegation, this will be a human rights accompaniment and observation delegation.

Participants will learn about the background context that led to the June 28, 2009 oligarchic-military coup, about the courage and spirit of Honduras’ peaceful pro-democracy movement, about the repression being used by the oligarchic-military regime, about the long-term goals of the people’s movement to establish a National Constituent Assembly and to refound the Honduran State and society.

If you are considering joining this delegation, we urge you to read through our series of Honduras Coup Alerts, found at www.rightsaction.org.

THE PLAN:  Arrive in Tegucigalpa, Saturday, June 26th.  Depart from Tegucigalpa on Sunday July 4th.  There will be no activities on these travel days.  Over the 7 days in Honduras, the delegation group will meet with Hondurans and North Americans involved in the pro-democracy struggle and/or reporting on it; involved in human rights defense work; involved in the pro-democracy movement and the National Front Against the Coup.  The delegation may participate, as human rights observers, in pro-democracy marches or gatherings; the delegation may visit, as human rights observers, people illegally detained in jail.  Closer to the actual dates, Rights Action will set out a 7-day itinerary.

TYPE OF PARTICIPANT: There are no specific requirements for participation.  What we ask of interested people is that you accept that this is not some sort of “impartial”, “objective” investigation.  Rights Action is clearly critical of the illegal coup of June 2009 – effectively backed and legitimized by the governments of the USA and Canada – and of the repression and policies of the post-coup regimes since then.

This is an activist-oriented delegation.  We focus considerable discussion and debate on the policies and actions ‘the north’ – the governments of the USA and Canada, our companies, investors, banks, etc.  It is not a question of whether you agree or not with our vision of these issues, but that you are open to the critical debate and discussions that will occur.

Moreover, this is a serious human rights trip.  Members of the group will have to be flexible in terms of the itinerary we set up – that is likely to change as the days go by.  We encourage participants to do educational outreach and fund-raising work when they return home.  Group members will have to commit to abide by general guidelines as to how to act/ how not to act as a member of this international human rights delegation.  Spanish speaking ability is not necessary, but a bonus.  During the 7 days, Rights Action will provide translation for key meetings; but there will be times (during possible participation in marches and gatherings) when translation will not be possible.

COST: US$750, that includes 8 nights lodging and 2 meals/ day, over 7 days; delegation set-up, translation, in-country guiding and planning, etc; honorariums for some invited speakers.  Delegates are responsible for their travel to and from Honduras. 

RISK: We will have discussions with interested persons about the possible risks involved with this delegation, before people decide to join or not.  Having said this, a good number of international human rights delegations have visited Honduras sincce the June 28 coup.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Annie Bird, annie@rightsaction.org,

1-202-680-3002

* Please re-distribute this information *

 

 


Posted by Joe Anybody at 6:48 AM
Updated: Saturday, 5 June 2010 11:52 AM
Monday, 1 March 2010
Honduras: Right-Winged Terrorists Murder Unionist Claudia Brizuela
Mood:  sad
Now Playing: Union Activists and Women are Targeted by Right Wing Terrorists
Topic: Honduras Solidarity

Honduras: Right-Winged Terrorists Murder Unionist Claudia Brizuela

A little after noon on Wednesday, Feb. 24, in the city of San Pedro Sula, there was a knock on the door at Claudia Larissa Brizuela's house, where she was celebrating her 36th birthday. As soon as she opened the door she was gunned down, with three shots to the head that killed instantly. Claudia was an active member of the trade union of employees of the Mayor's Office, where she worked. She was also the daughter of Pedro Brizuela, a prominent local leader of the National Popular Resistance Front (FNRP).
Claudia Brizuela
Claudia Brizuela
This new terrorist killing occurred just before a large mobilization planned by FNRP for the capital, Tegucigalpa, to protest against the Truth Commission, which is seen as a way of guaranteeing that all the criminals involved in the coup and the ensuing savage repression will not be punished.

Claudia is the third deadly victim of the government of Porfirio Lobo, who's only been in office one month. Vanessa Zepeda and Julio Funes had already been slain this past month in similar circumstances.

Pedro Brizuela, Claudia's father, linked the murder to his FNRP activities and to an attempt to terrorize anyone who dares to fight for democracy in Honduras.

The repression is now targeting women in particular, as several women have reported that they've been receiving threat calls and are being harassed, also by phone, by unidentified callers who announce the death of their children or of somebody close to them. One woman was followed by a car and another was brutally beaten, losing an eye and several teeth and suffering back injuries.

This selective violence against low-ranking FNRP, trade union and social organization leaders has intensified since Jan. 28, when Porfirio Lobo took office. His security minister, Oscar Álvarez, has stated publicly that the resistance must be eradicated because "there's no longer any reason for it to exist."

The strategy deployed by Honduras' Intelligence Services consists of sowing terror through highly public, almost televised, killings of low-ranking leaders, sparing, for the time being, the more prominent leaders of the opposition. This strategy has apparently a double aim: intimidating the people with a state-terrorism-type "low-intensity hunt" while, supposedly, avoiding major national and international scandals that would be triggered by the killing of more well-known figures.

This regime is not governing democratically; it is not a democracy. And already there are people who have paid with their lives, demonstrating the true nature of the government. It's not by chance that Porfirio Lobo's leading security advisor is José Félix Ramajo, an ISA (International Security Academy) instructor, with connections to the Mossad, the Israeli intelligence service.

Honduras is seeing the reemergence of the state terrorism it suffered in the 1980s, but with a slight difference: the perpetration of selective killings targeting low-rankings activists. There are no massacres, no mutilated or dismembered bodies dumped in the suburbs; there are no high-profile assassination as of yet. The form of repression carried out now is much more perverse, because it uses the media to broadcast the killings and convey a clear message: "You could be the next victim; or your children, or your relatives, or your friends." Anyone can be next. It spreads a terror magnified by impunity to an almost universal scale.

What mind is capable of conceiving this kind of strategy? Just putting it into words is repugnant.

Rel-UITA, the IUF's Latin American Office, once again holds President Porfirio Lobo responsible for these murders, along with all the governments that supported the process that led to the ousting of Manuel Zelaya and the establishment of this terrorist dictatorship disguised as a democracy.

The blood of Claudia, of Vanessa, of Julio and of all the other victims of state terrorism in Honduras should stain the spotless offices of the White House. The inconsolable cries of eight-year-old Eduard and two-year-old Said, Claudia's orphans, should resound in the broad and elegant halls of the U.S. presidency and fill its war-spreading peace-talking President with shame.

Rel-UITA condemns this and all other murders committed against the Honduran people as they fought for their rights, for their democracy, and it will go on denouncing without pause the true perpetrators of these crimes against humanity.

The international community must react quickly and forcefully to condemn the governments that support these inhumane regime.

 link to www.rel-uita.org

 


Posted by Joe Anybody at 9:42 AM
Tuesday, 16 February 2010
Letter back from Sen Merkley on Honduras
Mood:  loud
Now Playing: Nice to hear back .... but I dont fully agree with the logic
Topic: Honduras Solidarity

 (EMAIL REPLY)

Thank you for contacting me about the ousting and exile of former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya.  I appreciate hearing from you and it is an honor to serve as your senator. 

 

As you probably know, last June, the Honduran military detained President Manuel Zelaya and flew him to exile in Costa Rica, ending 27 years of uninterrupted elected civilian democratic rule in Honduras. The move was backed by the Honduran Supreme Court and a majority of the National Congress, which selected Roberto Micheletti, the head of Congress, to fulfill the rest of Zelaya's term.

President Obama condemned these events and called for the return of President Zelaya. Since the coup, the United States government has been working alongside our regional allies in the Organization of American States (OAS) to bring about a peaceful resolution to the conflict. Furthermore, the United States military's Southern Command minimized its cooperation with the Honduran military and the State Department suspended approximately $18.4 million in foreign assistance to the Honduran government.

 

On October 30, 2009 Manuel Zelaya and Roberto Micheletti signed an agreement designed to end the Honduran political crisis, but it was not fully implemented.  Presidential elections were held as scheduled on November 29, 2009, and Porfirio Lobo emerged as the winner.  The United States has recognized the outcome of these elections, while simultaneously pushing for full restoration of democracy.  I am hopeful that the new president will take significant steps to restore democratic traditions in Honduras. 

 

Please be assured I will continue to monitor the political situation in Honduras and the performance of Porfirio Lobo after he is installed as President on January 27, 2010. 


Thank you again for taking the time to share your concerns with me.  Please feel free to keep me updated on the issues that matter most to you.


All my best,

Jeff Merkley
United States Senate


Posted by Joe Anybody at 12:01 AM
Thursday, 28 January 2010
Rally in Solidarity for Honduras & Haiti in Portland Oregon 1.27.10
Mood:  loud
Now Playing: PCASC stands before the Federal Building Demading Justice
Topic: Honduras Solidarity

Filmed in Portland Oregon

 

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4DSSt5wuxo


Posted by Joe Anybody at 3:55 AM
Thursday, 17 December 2009
Obama - Honduras and Bush - Why does America behave like this?
Mood:  irritated
Now Playing: Obama's Latin American Policy Looks Like Bush's
Topic: Honduras Solidarity

Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya has his hat handed to him before a news conference inside the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa

Edgard Garrido / Reuters

Obama's Latin American Policy

Looks Like Bush's



Read more: http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1945440,00.html#ixzz0a0q1pQsw

After months of delay, Arturo Valenzuela was finally confirmed as Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs last month. But for a job with such a long title, he may find it's short on clout these days. Ostensibly, Valenzuela is President Obama's new point man on Latin America; in reality, that job looks to be under the control of Republicans in Congress and conservatives inside Obama's own diplomatic corps. In fact, when it comes to U.S. policy in Latin America — as events this week in Honduras suggest — it's often hard to tell if George W. Bush isn't still President.

Granted, Latin America is on Obama's back burner as he tackles Afghanistan. But next year he plans to tackle immigration reform — an issue, like drug trafficking and free trade, that's heavily related to how well the U.S. helps Latin America build more equitble democratic institutions (the region has the world's worst gap between rich and poor). Yet as he ends his first year in office, Obama seems to have ceded Latin America strategy to right-wing Cold Warriors whose thinking — including the idea that coups are still an acceptable means of regime change — is no more equipped to help bring the region into the 21st century than the ideology of left-wing Marxists is.

That's been most apparent in Honduras, where the country's congress this week refused to reinstate democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya, a leftist who was ousted in a June 28 military coup. The Obama Administration condemned Zelaya's overthrow as an affront to Latin America's fledgling democracies. But conservatives led by GOP South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint — who blocked Valenzuela's confirmation to protest Obama's stance — and Bush Administration holdovers such as the U.S.'s ambassador to the Organization of American States, Lewis Amselem (who was finally replaced this week), pushed Obama into brokering a deal in which the U.S. effectively condoned yet another armed putsch in the region. In an about-face, Obama recognized last Sunday's presidential election in Honduras, even though almost every other government in the world didn't because they consider the current regime there illegitimate. (The incoming Honduran president will be Porfirio Lobo, a wealthy cattle rancher.) (See a story about Zelaya protesting the Honduran election.)

U.S. officials had been optimistic that even if the Honduran Congress refused to restore Zelaya before last Sunday's election, it would at least vote after the election to let him finish the remaining two months of his term. It would be a good-faith sign that the country was returning to constitutional order. Instead the legislators, emboldened by the success of the coup, poked both Obama and constitutional order in the eye again this week. Coup-happy forces in other Latin American countries can only feel emboldened as well. (See pictures of post-coup violence in Honduras.)

The Honduras debacle is just the latest example of Obama's actions failing his words in Latin America. He wowed the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad last spring with soaring pledges to drop Washington's heavy-handed double standards in the region. He won kudos for acknowledging that the drug war is as much about U.S. consumption as it is about Latin corruption. But the cheers have since turned to chagrin on numerous fronts. Obama is loath to offend supporters of the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba; yet even Latin leaders who scorn the Castros shake their heads at Obama's insistence on retaining that utterly failed and globally rebuked policy — a position he holds despite polls that show a majority of Cuban-Americans now favor letting U.S. citizens travel to the communist island, and which suggest they're also weary of the 47-year-old embargo.

In South America, meanwhile, Obama has turned what should have been a routine transfer of U.S. anti-drug operations into a diplomatic row. By not consulting the continent's leaders about U.S. plans to use Colombian military bases not just for drug interdiction but also counter-insurgency work, which could theoretically spill over Colombia's borders, he needlessly revived deep-seated fears of yanqui military interventionism south of the border and raised the hackles of U.S. allies like Brazil and Chile. It was the kind of dismissive display that Bush was best known for in Latin America — and a gift to the anti-U.S. Latin left, whose leader, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, is galvanizing his political base at home in a difficult economy by hollering about an imminent U.S. invasion.

One of the U.S.'s more tiresome habits in Latin America is over-emphasizing elections as a political panacea. A transparent vote is of course a good thing — but for too long the U.S. has given Latin countries the impression that it's the only thing, muffling the harder message that real democracy is what happens after elections. Critics may call Chávez an authoritarian Castro wannabe. Yet he's remained in power for 10 years, and may well last another 10, in part because he's exploited Washington's election obsession. He's been cleanly voted in three times and that's helped him retain a democratic legitimacy despite his hegemonic power inside Venezuela. Valenzuela insists that the recent Honduran election doesn't whitewash the coup; but Amselem recently told the OAS he thought it would. Now, by recognizing its results, after earlier warning that he wouldn't, Obama has essentially accepted Amselem's dubious principle.

Valenzuela, one of the U.S.'s most esteemed experts on Latin America, was "disappointed" by the Honduran Congress' decision not to let Zelaya finish out his term. "The status quo," he said, "remains unacceptable." But it's a status quo Obama let the Cold Warriors keep intact — and it's now up to Valenzuela to wrest Latin America policy back from them.

Read "In Central America, Coups Still Trump Change "

See pictures of violence in Honduras.



Read more:

http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1945440,00.html#ixzz0a0p7YjPD


Posted by Joe Anybody at 5:47 PM
Updated: Thursday, 17 December 2009 5:49 PM
Wednesday, 2 December 2009
VIDEO: Honduras PCASC Press Release is greeted by Homeland Security
Mood:  energetic
Now Playing: Fraudulent Elections in Honduras - PCASC Speaks Out on 11.30.09
Topic: Honduras Solidarity

VIDEO: Honduras PCASC Press Release is greeted by Homeland Security

 About a dozen people on Monday 11.30.09 gathered in front of the Federal Building in Portland Oregon to publicly make a statement against the illegal elections in Honduras.  PCASC (Portland Central America Solidarity Committee) and others  stood outside and delivered  two speeches asking for solidarity and respect for human rights in a press release. Demanding justice and to reinstate President Zelaya and denounce the fraudulent elections in Honduras.

The small group of activists, and reporters who included but were not limited to KBOO, JWJ, Indy Media, Individuals For Justice, SEIU, PCASC, myself and other citizens all were greeted by a “2 man team from Homeland Security.”

 Although they were very nice and polite it seems to set a tone for today’s civil rights, free speech, police state, oppression and intimidation, and control.  The two DHS guys were tipped off by the security in the building as you can barely see the building security greet the DHS guys at the curb when they pull up he and point us out. He had already greeted the group when they were meeting in front of the building. (before I arrived) informing them then that they were on “Federal Property”

The Press Conference continued and is viewable on this 9 min Archive.org video clip as well as A Teach in Video about Honduras which is also on Archive.org:

2 new videos

 

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USA Portland Oregon
Press Report 11.30.09
In Solidarity with the People of Honduras
Standing in Resistance to the
Illegal Military Coup in Honduras

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRd4WUUAhME

 

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11.19.09
Honduras: Panel Discussion & Teach In Video
The recent issues, some history, and some updates all on the coup and elections in Honduras

filmed in Portland Oregon, presented by PCASC
40 minutes presentation and a 80 min Q. & A. 

 link to www.archive.org

 

 


Posted by Joe Anybody at 6:06 PM
Sunday, 29 November 2009
A letter to my Congress & President Obama regarding the election in Honduras
Mood:  crushed out
Now Playing: Human rights abuses relayed to my presiddent by Joe Anybody
Topic: Honduras Solidarity

Dear Respected Sir.

The elections that are happening in Honduras are illegal and should NOT be supported by the USA.

There are over 4,000 documented cases of Human Rights abuses from. Murder, rape, torture, assignations, intimidations, threats, and attacks against those who do not wholly agree with the coup leadership.

How can a sane Nation, allow this to go on? How can our country that promotes Democracy and Freedom “allow” this to go on with our US blessing of approval?

This is not the left and the right, or the conservative against the liberal. This is a overthrow by the military. They use violence and rape as tools to make their citizens to comply. The true leader is surrounded, trapped, and all those who support him “FEAR FOR THEIR LIVES” as well.

This is a travesty and a shame; it is a mockery of justice, and human rights.

I’m just as disgusted for this crime called a “free election” as I am for my country (USA) in supporting it.

I demand that my country NOT support this violent oppressive military abusive takeover of any country.

I demand the USA do all that is necessary to promote a truthful, open honest and safe democracy for all. One that is not forced or one that is using intimidation and violence to achieve “their means” as is what is happening right now and can be proven by all the public documentation.

The USA acceptance of this coups regime is an abomination to honest elections. It should be opposed just based on: the violent abuse the whole world has seen on TV or the Internet, being applied to those that speak in opposition to it. There are documentations of how those who speak out are disappeared, jailed, raped, beaten or threatened. This type of oppression is outrageous and deserves “No American blessing”

I urge you to use your position, and clout to say that we in the USA will NOT support this crooked election” I urge you to speak for those whom you represent, with dignity and with respect and with valor for the people of the country of Honduras are being abused before your eyes.

This bloody coup and election does NOT have my support. I ask that you speak up for human rights abuses, research this issue and do something to assist in countering the hypocrisy. If you support this you are NOT informed.

If you support this you are complying with terrorists who have 1,000's of documented human rights abuses on record. If you support this I cry out SHAME on you for turning your back on real freedom and democracy being exchanged for military rule. I will cry out SHAME on you, for you are my leadership and I demand Human Rights be followed and respected by MY leadership. In true democratic fashion we put you in office and we demand you use your position to maintain the same standards of ethics and human rights concerns, as you speak for me and for those that elected you. You must do what is right and admirable for it is your public duty.

Mr. Congressman, and Mr. President Obama, I am asking you now to do the right thing …condemn the human rights abuses, and refuse to acknowledge the sham of democracy that is being called “elections in Honduras.” And give due respect with demand for safe return to President of Honduras, Manuel "Mel" Zelaya, so that the honest and correct process can be followed, with regards to life and liberty and democracy. If you allow this election to go on with the USA blessing I need to tell you the blood of Honduras people is on your hands. And it is real human lives you are tossing aside in order to shake hands with criminals and murderers. As you shake those criminals hands may the peoples blood of Honduras be on both of you as you pact together to destroy dignity and human rights in the world, your handshake will make you partners with human rights criminals.

Sincerely

Joe Anybody

(A human rights related link is posted below)

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=4535

 


Posted by Joe Anybody at 11:16 AM
Updated: Sunday, 29 November 2009 7:57 PM
Thursday, 12 November 2009
Honduars Death Squads are revived (August post on indy media)
Mood:  irritated
Now Playing: Massive popular resistance as Micheletti dictatorship revives 1980's death squad
Topic: Honduras Solidarity

Massive popular resistance as Micheletti dictatorship revives 1980's death squad

 The Micheletti dictatorship in Honduras, which prominently includes 1980's death squad "Battalion 3-16" [1] [2] members Billy Joya [1] [2], Nelson Willy Mejía Mejía [1] [2] and Napoleón Nassar Herrera [1] [2], has suspended human rights since the 28 June 2009 coup d'etat, has "disappeared" at least three people, has extrajudicially executed nearly ten people, and has detained hundreds of people

[1] (es) | [2] (en) (es) | [3] (en) (es).

Despite this, unprecedented grassroots protests have culminated in the arrival on Tuesday 11 August 2009 in Tegucigalpa of over 70,000 (es) demonstrators and of thousands of others in San Pedro Sula, coordinating through the Front against the coup d'etat.

The Front's 19th Communique states that unless the Micheletti regime resigns within the next few days and restores Zelaya to the presidency, then the Front will further extend massive civil disobedience actions (es) that have already paralysed the economy and will file for national and international criminal proceedings against those responsible for the extrajudicial executions and other human rights violations.

The mainstream Western media have with very few exceptions failed to report the participation of the Battalion 3-16 death squad in the Micheletti de facto government, they have not reported on "disappearances", they have severely underreported the number of extrajudicial executions, and they have almost entirely hidden the unresolved context of the 1980's death squads.

The Zelaya government also contained death squad members (es), which CODEH and other Honduran local human rights organisations objected to. The Obama-Clinton-Lula so-called "Arias" plan has glaringly omitted any mention of whether or not it proposes to exclude death squad members from any "negotiated" coalition government.

read more

 

PHOTOS: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6


INDEPENDENT MEDIA:

IMC Honduras | Front against the coup d'etat | Revistazo | Honduras Resists (en)+(es)


RADIO:

Radio Liberada mirrors: [1] - [2] - [3] | Radio Es Lo Demenos | Association of Radios and Participating Programs of El Salvador


HUMAN RIGHTS NGOs:

 CIPRODEH | CODEH | COFADEH | COMUN/Honduras Laboral


SUPPORT GROUPS:

 Quixote Center | SOA Watch | Via Campesina | Honduras Resists! (support group)
 

HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS SUMMARIES:

 COFADEH, 15 July (es) | FIDH and

 many others, 6 August, preliminary (en) (es) final | Quixote Center (en), 7 August (es)

 



Posted by Joe Anybody at 12:01 AM
Updated: Friday, 13 November 2009 1:52 PM
Saturday, 31 October 2009
Possible Agreement Reached in Honduras Political Crisis
Mood:  happy
Now Playing: Both sides of the negotiations are meeting ...
Topic: Honduras Solidarity

Possible Agreement Reached in Honduras Political Crisis

http://www.hondurasnews.com/2009/10/30/agreement-reached-in-honduras-political-crisis/

October 30th, 2009 · 11 Comments

Both sides of the negotiations are meeting this morning at 8:30 a.m.  Smile

The committees of President Roberto Micheletti and Manuel Zelaya signed an agreement last night, in which Congress decides on the return to the Presidency of former President Zelaya, after hearing the opinion of the Supreme Court.

Victor Rico, OAS delegate, made the announcement. “With satisfaction, a settlement was reached” he began. Rico confirmed that the credit belongs to the Hondurans and that the Secretary General of the Organization of American States, Jose Miguel Insulza had been informed.

Then the sub U.S. Secretary of State, Thomas Shannon, expressed his admiration “for the democratic spirit demonstrated by the Honduran people.”

He said the U.S. government will oversee the election process on November 29th.

The agreement contains the following the points:

 

1 – The creation of a government of national unity and reconciliation.

2 – Rejects amnesty against political crimes and criminal actions.

3 – Give up a call for a Constituent Assembly or to amend the Constitution.

4 – Recognize and support the general elections and the transfer of Government.

5 – The transfer of authority over the armed forces to the Supreme Electoral Tribunal.

6 – The creation of a commission to enforce points of the agreement.

7 – The formation of a truth commission to investigate events before, during and after June 28, 2009.

8 – Request the international community to normalize international relations with our country.

9 – Support a proposal that allows a vote in Congress with a prior opinion of the Supreme Court, to roll back the entire executive branch prior to June 28th.

The agreement was read by the former president of the CSJ, and member of Micheletti’s commission, Vilma Morales.

Reina has warned that the opinion of the Court is not bound by the decision of Congress, because the agreement reached yesterday is political, not legal.

“Tonight my negotiating team authorized to sign an agreement that marks the beginning of the end of the political situation”, Micheletti stated. He said the agreement includes provisions, which have already been agreed to and signed by both parties beforehand.

Micheletti also sent a message to Zelaya and his representatives in the dialogue: “It should be noted that accepting this proposal represents a significant concession by our Government, we have always been firm that it is the Supreme Court who should decide the return of Mr. Zelaya, but we also understand that our people are calling to turn the page of history in these difficult times we live in,” he said.

“I urge Mr. Zelaya and his negotiating committee to support this agreement and join us in signing it, enough excuses, and the rhetoric that divides us, enough of political games, the people of Honduras need a final agreement.”

Meanwhile, the deposed Manuel Zelaya said the talks to reach a political agreement were in the same spot, and asked his followers to remain calm.

“We have accepted the invitation of Shannon (Assistant Secretary of State for Latin America, USA) to meet again, we are in the same spot where we started, there is no approval yet,” he said.

The former president called in the afternoon to his followers to remain calm so as not to exacerbate tensions and not interrupt the dialogue and acknowledged that the process was 95 percent complete.


Posted by Joe Anybody at 5:25 PM
Updated: Saturday, 31 October 2009 5:30 PM
Thursday, 29 October 2009
Honduras 100 Days of Resistance - 2 videos 10.29.09
Mood:  irritated
Now Playing: 2 part video on resistance in Honduras posted in October 2009
Topic: Honduras Solidarity

 

 

Honduras 100 Days of Resistance

http://therealnews.com/t/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=33&Itemid=74&jumival=463

October 29, 2009:

click arrow icon to watch embedded video from THE REAL NEWS

 

Honduras 100 Days of Resistance Pt1

First part of the Fault Lines' Avi Lewis reports on polarization and power in the Americas 

Honduras 100 Days of Resistance Part 2

Second part of the Fault Lines' Avi Lewis reports on polarization and power in the Americas 


Posted by Joe Anybody at 5:20 AM
Updated: Thursday, 29 October 2009 5:29 AM
Thursday, 15 October 2009
Violation of Law Seen in GOP Legislators' Support of Honduran Coup Interview with Brendan
Mood:  sharp
Now Playing: Violation of Law Seen in GOP Legislators' Support of Honduran Coup
Topic: Honduras Solidarity

Violation of Law Seen in

GOP Legislators' Support of

Honduran Coup Interview with Brendan

Violation of Law Seen in GOP Legislators' Support of Honduran Coup

Interview with Brendan Cooney, writer and anthropologist, conducted by Scott Harris
Violation of Law Seen in GOP Legislators' Support of Honduran Coup

Interview with Brendan Cooney, writer and anthropologist, conducted by Scott Harris

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R- Fla., holds a copy of Honduras' constitution during a press conference with Honduras'coup- installed President Roberto Micheletti in Tegucigalpa, Oct. 5

As the stalemate continues in the international effort to return the overthrown Honduran president, Manuel Zelaya to power, a parade of Republican legislators have traveled from Washington to Honduras to support the coup government. Nine GOP members of the House and Senate, including Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida have flown to the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa to support the defacto coup government's president Roberto Micheletti. The lawmakers stated they believe the coup that ousted Honduran President Zelaya was justified because of his stated intent to hold a non-binding referendum on changing the nation's constitution, which they argue could have removed presidential term limits, a fact disputed by many observers. Since the June 28 coup d'etat, the Honduran police and army have arrested more than a thousand pro-Zelaya supporters, killed an estimated 14 civilians, suspended civil liberties and shutting down opposition newspapers, radio and television stations.

The Republicans' embrace of the coup government in Honduras, has staked out a position that justifies any action they see as working against the influence of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and his socialist agenda in Latin America. But with their actions, they are deliberately undermining the Obama administration's and universal international efforts to isolate the Michelletti regime and to push for a negotiated return of Zelaya to office before the scheduled Nov. 29 Honduran presidential election.

Meanwhile President Zelaya, who covertly returned to Honduras on Sept. 21, has taken refuge in the Brazilian embassy where he is awaiting negotiations that he hopes will restore him to power. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Brendan Cooney, a writer and anthropologist, who explains why he believes Republican party legislators have broken the law by supporting the illegal coup-installed government in Honduras.

Read Brendan Cooney' article, "Are Republicans Breaking U.S. Law in Honduras," on the online magazine www.counterpunch.org

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Posted by Joe Anybody at 12:01 AM
Tuesday, 13 October 2009
Indy Media & Honduras Information is here
Mood:  loud
Now Playing: Listen to Radio Liberada, from somewhere in Honduras, after the military coup
Topic: Honduras Solidarity

Listen to Radio Liberada, from somewhere in Honduras, after the military coup

In the morning of this Sunday, Honduran president Mel Zelaya was kidnapped by the military and transferred by force to Costa Rica.

According to Honduran newspapers, the president of the congress, Roberto Micheletti, will be assuming the presidency.

Previously and soon after the coup d'etat in Honduras, Radio Liberada is transmitting an alive chronicle than it is happening in Honduras, of the opposition and the mobilizations of the popular and indigenous organizations against the coup d'etat, by the accomplishment of a new constituent assembly, and writing a new page of the independent means movement in Central America.

Listen the transmission of Radio Liberada from some place of Honduras: http://208.43.218.127:8070/

We encourage the national and international independent means groups to broadcast in your free radios or make a mirror of this transmission.

Mirrors: 1 | 2 | 3

More information in the Independent Media Center of Honduras Indymedia Honduras: http://honduras.mediosindependientes.org

More information in Radio is the one of less:

http://www.radioeslodemenos.org/

Minute by minute by Kaos in the Network: http://www.kaosenlared.net/noticia/secuestrado-presidente-honduras-militares

Information and transmission by the Association of Radios and Participating Programs of El Salvador (HARPS): http://www.arpas.org.sv/

We know that there are been closing free media in Honduras. This morning the Radio Progreso, one of the older communitarian radios of the continent has been closed by the military. Other communitarian radios have decided to protect their equipment.

The electrical energy, the telephone and the Internet have being interrupted by the coup participants trying to block the communications and make the informative censure.

And the situation worries to us in that the networks of communitarian radios of the Lenca town and the Garífuna town stay, as well as the free media: COMUN, Revistazo, the COFADEH and the rest of groups of the independent and communitarian media movement in Honduras.



Posted by Joe Anybody at 12:01 AM
Monday, 12 October 2009
Honduras 10-9-09
Mood:  don't ask
Now Playing: New media measures take effect in Honduras
Topic: Honduras Solidarity

 New media measures take effect in Honduras

Oct 10 2009


 

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/L/LT_HONDURAS_COUP?SITE=ARFOS&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2009-10-06-19-06-54

 

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) -- Honduras' interim leaders put in place new rules Saturday that threaten broadasters with closure for airing reports that "attack national security," further restricting media freedom following the closure of two opposition stations.

The latest decree is sure to anger supporters of ousted President Manuel Zelaya and appears to be a challenge to the Organization of American States and a team of regional diplomats who were in the country Thursday to push for a resolution of the crisis.

A statement released by the OAS delegation urged the coup-installed government to, among other things, allow the resumption of operations at the two broadcasters, which backed Zelaya's return to office.

Under the decree imposed by the government of interim President Roberto Micheletti, "the frequencies of radio or television stations may be canceled if they transmit messages that incite national hate and the destruction of public property."

Officials can monitor and control broadcast messages that "attack national security," according to the decree.

It was adopted by the Interior Ministry and will be enforced by the National Telecommunications Commission, interim Information Minister Rene Zepeda told The Associated Press.

Micheletti was sworn in Honduras' interim president following a June 28 coup that ousted Zelaya and sent him into exile. After Zelaya suddenly reappeared in Honduras and took refuge in the Brazilian Embassy on Sept. 21, street protests prompted the Micheletti government to limit freedom of expression, association and movement, and to shut down two pro-Zelaya broadcasters.

The restriction on civil liberties has been lifted, but Channel 36 and Radio Globo are still off the air. Micheletti said they would remain shut down until their owners "come to the courts to recover their right to be on the air."

"We thought that when the (civil liberties) decree was revoked, the equipment would be returned, but that has not happened," said Yesenia Herculano, an activist with Honduras' Committee for Free Expression, earlier this week. "There has been no progress."

Talks on resolving the bitter divide over Zelaya's ousters produced some signs of progress before breaking off for the weekend.

On Friday, police fired tear gas and a water cannon at about 200 pro-Zelaya protesters who demonstrated outside the hotel where negotiations were taking place. There were no arrests and apparently no major injuries, though many people rubbed their eyes or had tears streaming from their eyes because of the acrid smoke.

 

The international community has been pressuring the Micheletti government to allow Zelaya's return before the Nov. 29 presidential election that was scheduled before the coup. Zelaya was toppled after he pressed ahead with plans for a referendum on changing the constitution despite a Supreme Court order ruling the vote illegal.

The U.S. and other nations have suspended foreign aid and imposed diplomatic isolation on the interim administration.

Full Original article found here: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/L/LT_HONDURAS_COUP?SITE=ARFOS&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2009-10-06-19-06-54


Posted by Joe Anybody at 6:00 AM
Updated: Monday, 12 October 2009 1:33 PM

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