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Honduras Coup - Day 151 - November 25, 2009

  • PREVIEW: Disputed elections in Honduras might not end crisis
    By : November 25, 2009
    Honduras is set to vote Sunday in a general election whose legitimacy is being called into question. The Central American country's political elite - personified by de facto leader Roberto Micheletti - hopes that the election will put an end to the ongoing crisis, exacerbated when Honduras' elected President Manuel Zelaya was toppled on June 28. Zelaya, however, has vowed to dispute the results of the vote and called on citizens to boycott the vote entirely. "The elections constitute a mockery," he said this week.

  • From one election-stealer to another...
    By : November 25, 2009
    Looks like State is getting Calderón to fall. Same "we believe in dialogue" and we have to wait for the implementation of the San José Accords BS line the Obama administration is using, as the de facto government, having declared a state of emergency through the elections, continues assassinating political leaders. Mexico states it will wait for the results, before deciding whether elections are free and fair. Articles here and here.

  • State Of Emergency Declared
    By : November 25, 2009
    Decreto PCM-30-2009 declares a national state of emergency for all activities related to the election in Honduras. The main thing it does is authorize the Secretary of State for Defense to enter into contracts for military operations, material and supplies related to the election without first getting bids, and authorizes him to employ the 5,000 reservists for the election. / Decreto PCM-29-2009 authorizes the employment of 5,000 reservists for the time they are needed, starting November 13. It does not specify a date for demobilizing them.

  • United Nations Will Not Be Involved in the Nov. 29 Honduran Election
    By : November 25, 2009
    Asked about the elections scheduled for this weekend in Honduras, the Spokesperson said that the United Nations was not involved in those elections.

  • "They Are Afraid of Us, Because We Are Not Afraid!"
    By : November 25, 2009
    It is with excitement and apprehension that I prepare for my arrival in Tegucigalpa, from where I will be posting reports this week in the lead-up to the boycott of the Nov. 29th elections. I am excited by the prospect of meeting people like Berta Caceres, an indigenous leader of the resistance whose incendiary speeches in the streets of the capital have stirred me with admiration for the bravery of the Honduran people facing daily repression and violence but refusing to back down from the project of building a new country. I am apprehensive at the prospect of meeting any one of the 2000 soldiers, 15,000 police and 5000 reservists that have been mobilized by the Micheletti regime to ensure "free and fair elections."

  • US risks isolation over Honduras election—Brazil
    By Raymond Colitt and Natuza Nery - : November 25, 2009
    The United States risks souring relations with much of Latin America if it recognizes upcoming elections in Honduras, the foreign policy adviser to Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said in an interview on Wednesday. / Honduras will on Nov. 29 hold elections which de facto leader Roberto Micheletti hopes will end a political crisis that began when soldiers exiled leftist President Manuel Zelaya in June.

  • The Honduran Coup: A Graphic History
    By Nikil Saval and Dan Archer - : November 25, 2009
    On November 29, national elections will take place in Honduras. Five months earlier, on June 28th, Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was arrested in the middle of the night by the armed forces and forcibly exiled to Costa Rica -- on the day he had proposed to hold a non-binding public poll on a popular assembly. Why? For his supposed intention of subverting the Honduran constitution to extend his time in office. Zelaya still remains under effective house arrest in the Brazlian embassy -- which is surrounded by coup leader Roberto Micheletti's troops -- after being smuggled back into the country. Read the first part of The Honduran Coup: A Graphic History here.

  • Workers Rally to Shut Down School of Americas
    By James Parks - : November 25, 2009
    Hundreds of union members joined religious and human rights activists in a vigil and rally outside the gates of the School of the Americas (SOA) last weekend to demand that it be closed.

  • Zelaya warns US support for Honduras election divisive
    By : November 25, 2009
    US support for Sunday's presidential election in Honduras is creating a grave, undemocratic precedent, ousted president Manuel Zelaya has said.

  • Not Code Pink meets Not the D.O.D.
    (or, my encounter with Christopher Webster)

    By : November 25, 2009
    Yesterday [two days ago as I finally post this] I had the fascinating experience of sitting across the table from one of the architects of U.S. policy in Honduras, Mr. Christopher Webster (Director, Office of Central American Affairs), and his silent yet opinionated protégé, Gabriela Zambrano (Honduras Desk Officer). The opportunity arose thanks to the determined advocacy of several citizens who believe in speaking truth to power, but who nonetheless seemed to understand quite well my own stance (that that'd be great if only power gave a shit about truth). Through the efforts of one of their congressmen and other more-equal-than-thous, they managed to secure an audience, of which they graciously invited me to take advantage.

  • An Interview with Honduran Coup General Romeo Vásquez Velásquez
    By Belén Fernández - : November 25, 2009
    When I arrived last week at the headquarters of the joint chiefs of staff of the Honduran military in Comayagüela—twin city of Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras—I was informed that General Romeo Vásquez Velásquez had been delayed in a meeting at the presidential palace with coup president Roberto Micheletti who, according to Vásquez' aide-de-camp could "not be rushed." The general, head of the armed forces that had carried out the June 28 coup against President Manuel "Mel" Zelaya, was said to be finalizing security preparations for the scheduled electoral process of November 29; the infeasibility of rushing Micheletti was meanwhile suggested by the fact that after 5 months he had still not come up with a way of legitimizing the elections.

  • Honduras: isolated, de factos prepare for vote
    By : November 25, 2009
    Guatemalan foreign minister Haroldo Rodas announced Nov. 21 that Guatemala was not going to recognize the general elections to be held in Honduras Nov. 29 under the de facto regime installed after the June 28 removal of President Manuel Zelaya. He added that Guatemala would not send observers to the elections. Spain is also planning not to send observers because it "cannot support" elections under these conditions, foreign ministry sources told the Spanish wire service EFE Nov. 21.

  • Coup Government Admits Blocking Channel 36
    By : November 25, 2009
    An Italian website reports that, during an interview, Carlos Lopez Contreras, the de facto government's Foreign Minister, admitted that the government had banned Channel 36. Lopez Contreras told the Italian news source, Adnkronos International, that the ban on Canal 36 was justified. "If we look at respect for freedom of speech anywhere in the world, and you actually hear what the channel is saying daily, you would see that in any country in the world, with or without elections, this channel would have been suspended."

  • Honduran People Leader Assassination Worsens Crisis
    By : November 25, 2009
    Assassination of the anti-coup resistance leader in the southern Honduran region clouds even more the tense political atmosphere in the country, ahead of the questioned elections on Sunday.

  • How Does President Romeo Vasquez Velasquez Sound? Plus other updates
    By : November 25, 2009
    A couple of days ago, a few of us on the Democratic Underground list were musing as to who would be left in charge of Honduras during Micheletti's leave of absence. I suggested that during the time period of the election, the politicos would run for cover so as not to be associated with the coming election fraud and the attendant state-sponsored repression and that the only choice for substitute prez is Gen. Romeo Velasquez. Imagine my surprise when I saw on Diana's blog: General Romeo Vásquez Velásquez to take power as Honduran president...

  • Open Letter to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
    By : November 25, 2009
    We turn to you now in recognition of your extraordinary commitment and with great respect to urge you to address the abuses of women's human rights occurring at present in Honduras. As numerous national and international human rights groups have documented, the de facto regime has engaged in a systematic campaign of intimidation, physical and sexual abuse, and torture. Increasingly, women have been the target of this campaign. We urge you to condemn the violence unleashed against the Honduran people, and in particular against Honduran women, and to take every peaceful measure possible to avoid further violence. reserves the right to publish your email responses in whole or part. If you are responding to a particular article, include the title and link to the article. If you would like your name withheld from publication, state this in your submission and supply a nom de plume

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