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Honduras Coup - Day 155 - November 29, 2009

  • The Honduran Resistance Wins the Elections!
    By : November 30, 2009
    As the polling booths closed this evening in Honduras, there didn't need to be a vote-count to declare the winners. With an abstention rate of at least 65%, the people in resistance have the overwhelming majority. / The National Resistance Front Against the Coup said in a press conference at 4.30pm that the dictatorship has been soundly defeated by such a small turnout that the Supreme Electoral Tribunal had to extend the voting by one hour in an attempt to get more votes.

  • The Greatest Elections Ever Held, and more golpista BS
    By : November 29, 2009
    Note CNN's insanely deceptive triumphalism, announcing well before the close of the polls a "High turnout for Honduras election." What does this really mean? Deposed President Jose Manuel Zelaya had called for a boycott of Sunday's vote, yet electoral observers said that a turnout of more than 60 percent was expected. Who are these observers? Golpistas, of course, looking to justify the continuation of the military dictatorship with their electoral farce. And what are the real numbers? Reports from international observers in San Pedro Sula right now (now that the polls have closed) are that around 35% of the electorate appear to have voted. Not massive abstention, but quite significant--well below anything that could lend legitimacy to the process.

  • Pepe Lobo wins
    By : November 29, 2009
    As had been long expected, Porfirio "Pepe" Lobo is being called the winner of the Honduran presidential election. The more interesting question, of course, is turnout. Since the Tribunal Superior Electoral's Web site has been inaccessible for hours, there are no numbers.

  • Honduras — OPPOS WIN… sorta
    By : November 29, 2009
    To no-one's surprise, National Party candidate Porfirio Lobo — who was a real candidate for a real party (the more conservative of the two main conservative parties in Honduras) back when the real government scheduled the real elections — won the not-so-real election. / Bloomberg's Eric Sabo and Helen Murphy claim it was a peaceful election, but Julie Webb-Pullman (via Scoop, New Zealand) begs to differ...

  • TSE claims 48.6% Participation
    By : November 29, 2009
    The Tribunal Supremo Electoral (TSE) headed by Saul Escobar, reported in national broadcast at 10:00 pm, that turnout was 48.6%. He also reported they had preliminary, unaudited, results, from about 8,600 polling places (out of 15,300), that they had counted 1.7 million votes for all offices so far. / However, these were unaudited results because the system they had set up to verify the numbers transmitted by cell phone, which appears to have been to make a digital recording of the call, failed, so they have not been able to check that the numbers digitized and entered into the vote counting computers matched the numbers called in by the various polling places.

  • Indigenous leader Salvador Zúñiga: "The electoral farce is a failure. The oligarchy will never be able to hold back the deep desire for justice."
    By : November 29, 2009
    Salvador Zúñiga: Well, we believe that the cards are thrown out on the table. The failure of the electoral farce is imminent. It is imminent as you see by the streets without people despite us being a day away from the farcical process set up by the coup-makers. The population won't attend and we could bet, that the bar of abstention if there was a bar graph with all the votes, we can already say that the highest bar will be the bar of abstention, which will get up to at least 70%, despite the fraud and despite them marking off ballots as they please. The majority of the population isn't participating in this electoral farce set up by the coup-makers.

  • Zelaya refuses to recognise Honduras vote
    By : November 29, 2009
    Zelaya, has dismissed the country's presidential election as an "electoral farce". Speaking from the Brazilian embassy in the Honduran capital of Tegu-ci-gal-pa, he criticized the United States for supporting the vote. He urged for an election boycott hoping low voter turnout would discredit the vote.

  • Today, the People of San Pedro Sula Hit the Street to Protest Election and Honor Their Martyrs
    By : November 29, 2009

  • Another Honduran election update
    By : November 29, 2009
    According to El Heraldo's "Minuto por Minuto" Twitter feed, voting will be extended until 5 p.m. Honduran time (6 p.m. EST). In addition, the Tribunal Supremo Electoral will not allow any results to be disseminated until 7 p.m. (8 p.m. EST) Honduran time. / I've been trying to access the TSE's site for some time, but cannot connect.

  • Less than zero
    By : November 29, 2009
    While the Obama Administration north of the border has probably done more in one year to decelerate the domestic disasters in the United States that resulted from policies implemented by the Reagan Administration and accelerated under Bush I, Clinton and Bush II, he can no more "start at ground zero" with the United States domestic and foreign policy than he can by claiming an illegitimate election in Honduras will reset some clock in that unhappy country.

  • Remember June 28th? Massacre at Airport?
    Elvin Santos' Thugs and His Pic with Hillary?

    By : November 29, 2009
    Let's look back at some inspiring, appalling, and murderous things that have taken place in Honduras over the last five months.

  • Honduras: real repression in prelude to bogus elections
    By : November 29, 2009
    Soldiers are deployed across Honduras as the coup-installed regime holds presidential elections Nov. 29 that the civil resistance has pledged to boycott. The days leading up to the polls have seen numerous instances of violence and repression. Ángel Fabricio Salgado Hernández, 32, is in critical condition after soldiers fired on his car at close range and with no warning or order to stop at a checkpoint near the headquarters of military high command at Comayagüela Nov. 27. Salgado lost control of the vehicle when he was hit, crashing into a taxi and injureing several bystanders, including 45-year-old woman, who was also hit by a stray bullet. She is now also hospitalized in serious condition. Amnesty International is calling on the Honduran Human Rights Prosecutor to urgently investigate the incident. (Honduras en Resistencia, Nov. 29; Vos el Soberano, AI, Nov, 28)

  • Protests Tear Gassed in San Pedro Sula
    By : November 29, 2009
    Early this afternoon, Radio Globo and Vos El Soberano report, that a peaceful protest that was marching towards the center of San Pedro Sula was dispersed with tear gas and water canons. Tiempo reported that 5 people were arrested, and a further 4 hurt, including a Reuters cameraman. The clash between protesters and the military was broadcast live on channel 6 in San Pedro Sula. Radio Uno reports that 30 military are camped out on the first floor of its offices trying to get in to shut it down.

  • Polling Places Opened One Hour Longer, Running Out Of Ink
    By : November 29, 2009
    The TSE took to the national radio network to announce that it was OK that voting places were running out of the indelible ink that was to be used to mark a finger of anyone that voted. The indelible ink was supposed to be a check on who had voted, but they admitted it was a redundant check, since they had the primary record in the register of who voted. Therefore they allowed as how polling places that ran out of ink could continue to let people vote.

  • Rafael Alegria: 65-70% Abstention Nationwide
    By : November 29, 2009
    Radio Globo is reporting turnout from different polling places. Each polling place has about 300 names. In Tegucigalpa, turnout was varying between 30 and 45 percent according to heads of polling places. Radio Globo's reporters found that in some of those polling places outside of Tegucigalpa are reporting turnouts of 17-42 voters per polling place, so far today, with fewer than 30 minutes left to vote. Similar numbers in San Pedro and La Lima. Since the official story is that turnout is "massive" it will be fun to see the "official" numbers. The informal ones are quite an education.

  • Military "takes responsibility" for shooting
    By Julie Webb-Pullman - : November 30, 2009
    Maria Elena Hernandez lies in a coma in Escuela Hospital today, election day, after being critically injured in Tegucigalpa yesterday. Maria Elena, a street vendor, was going about her business when a car driven by Angel Fabricio Selgado (see went out of control after he was shot in the head by soldiers outside the Military High Command, crashing into a barrier and also hitting her.

  • Observers: Peaceful march faces 'brutal repression' in San Pedro Sula
    By Mike Faulk - : November 29, 2009
    About 500 people marching peacefully in the northwestern city of San Pedro Sula were repressed by tear gas and water cannons on Election Day today, election observers said.

  • Ibero-American ministers fail to agree on Honduras
    By : November 29, 2009
    A summit of 22 Ibero-American countries began Sunday in the seaside resort of Estoril, Portugal, amid divisions over the elections being held simultaneously in Honduras. Foreign ministers were unable to reach a common position on the situation in Honduras, where toppled president Manuel Zelaya has called for a boycott of the elections staged by the de facto government.

  • Honduras: Elections as coup laundering
    By From Jesse Freeston of The Real News, in Tegucigalpa : November 29, 2009

    Repressive coup regime continues police state tactics into the elections it hopes will clean its slate. Report from the capital of Tegucigalpa on day before elections.

  • A tragicomical interlude to the hourly updates of military kidnappings, radio shutdowns, and assassinations
    By : November 29, 2009
    Digicel, a Honduran telecom, is outside the polling station in DC with pretty young women distributing $2 phone cards to encourage Hondurans in the vicinity to vote.

  • Nicaragua, El Salvador close borders with Honduras
    By : November 29, 2009
    Nicaragua and El Salvador closed on Saturday their customs posts on the Honduras border and will open them again on Monday to avoid any possible incidents linked to Honduras' Sunday elections, Honduras police officers said.

  • "I don't know how they are going to legitimate these elections..." --Bertha Oliva
    By : November 29, 2009
    The streets are empty, as are the polling places. The majority of activity outside of the polling places is at the kiosks whose existence--replete with illegal election propagando, balloons, and cheerful and helpful citizens--is meant to encourage and motivate people to vote in the face of what is already a clearly successful people's boycott of elections.

  • Honduras election update
    By : November 29, 2009
    Radio Globo is down. Channel 36 is down. The El Libertador journalists are in hiding. Tiempo is trimming its coverage (or is simply unable to get reporters out to what is going on) so that the coup doesn't shut it down. El Progreso is playing bouncy music; no news, since they aren't genuinely a national radio station. This is the free press under which free and fair elections are being held.

  • "Hope" and hype in Honduras
    By : November 29, 2009
    The electoral farce in Honduras is this Sunday (a few hours from when I wrote this). Honduras Coup 2009 has the rundown on the spin machine already coming out of Washington, Tegacigalpa and other places. We are left with the spectacle of a US that declared a multilateral foreign policy in Trinidad and Tobago openly leading a tiny minority of countries of the Americas committed to recognizing the elections, alienating governments that see it putting the "stamp of approval" on the coup. Which, remember, is taking place under the supervision of the armed forces, who have stockpiled plenty of tear gas for the election...

  • Honduran Elections under Intense Military Watch
    By : November 29, 2009
    Polls opened on Sunday in Honduras under the country's largest and most intimidating military and police deployment ever to watch over a much criticized election.

  • Post-coup Honduras votes for new president
    By : November 29, 2009
    Post-coup presidential election opens in Honduras, while ousted president Manuel Zelaya has called on his supporters to boycott the polls. The balloting booths opened across the Central American country at 7:00 a.m. (1300 GMT) on Sunday with neither Zelaya nor the interim leader of the coup government, Roberto Micheletti, running.

  • And then there were five
    By : November 29, 2009
    The Russian news agency RIA Novosti, citing Honduran TV, reports Israel joining the US, Panama, Peru and Costa Rica pledging recognition of the election as long as it is calm. Too bad the Honduran military chose today to attack the peaceful development project RED COMAL in Siguatepeque-- I will be waiting breathlessly for Israel to announce their retraction of recognition based on this assault of 50 soldiers on this group.

  • What has the Supreme Court really said?
    By : November 29, 2009
    One of the main developments this week was the long delayed conveyance of the Supreme Court's opinion about the issues surrounding the possible restoration of President Zelaya.

  • Liberal Party candidate says Honduras to quit ALBA if wins presidential race
    By : November 29, 2009
    The presidential candidate of Honduras' Liberal Party, Elvin Santos, said Saturday that if he wins Sunday's elections he will withdraw Honduras from the Bolivarian Alliance of the Americas (ALBA).

  • Memo: Honduras State Employees Forced to Attend Santos Campaign Rally
    By Al Giordano - : November 29, 2009
    While today's coup-sponsored "election" in Honduras won't settle the country's crisis created by the June 28 coup d'etat, it continues to provide a showcase for the profoundly anti-democratic nature of the regime. This just in from Tamar Sharabi, reporting from Honduran territory:
    Evidence has surfaced that state employees were forced to attend the closing campaign ceremony of Elvin Santos, the ex-Vice President under Zelaya. In the letter, addressed to all department heads of the office of Civil Service, general director Marco Tulio Flores wrote, "I instruct all employees that are fulfilling their duties, without any exception, to attend the closing campaign of the Liberal Party that will take place Sunday November 22 at 9:30am. In a booth at the entrance to the coliseum Xiomara Orellana will take attendance of all personnel of this institution." 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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