When a coup removed Honduras' leader President Zelaya - and he was flown out of the country still in his pyjamas - little did they realise he would be back. He returned secretly 3 months ago and is holed up in the Brazilian Embassy. With violent riots and the country split over the legality of the actions taken by the military and interim government, this week's elections were supposed to provide a way out. Many Zelaya supporters equate his treatment to a military coup; "We wont participate we wont vote for anyone!" shouts his former deputy and union leader. Zelaya is currently seeking refuge in the Brazilian embassy following the news that he could not leave or travel without fear of arrest. The situation has become so polarized that even the church can do little to affect a reconciliation", reveals a church pastor, after the Catholic church criticised Zelaya and recognised the acting provisional government.
Patricia Rodas: Honduras dawns with the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas
By cadenagramonte.cubaweb.cu : December 14, 2009
The certainty to be doing our bit for the Commander-in-Chief Fidel Castro Ruz and for the peoples of Latin America, was reaffirmed by Patricia Rodas, Foreign Minister of the legitimate government of the Republic of Honduras. / During his speech in the closing session of 8th ALBA-TCP Summit, the representative of the sibling Central American nation recognized the stance of the countries that make up the Alliance, who have not recognized the de facto government installed in Honduras, as a result of the coup d'Etat perpetrated on June, 2009.
Walter Tróchez, active member of resistance and defender of human rights of Honduran LGBTQ community MURDERED
By hondurasresists.blogspot.com : December 14, 2009
Walter Tróchez, the human rigths defender, member of the gay, lesbian, trans and bisexual community and active member of the National Front of Resistance Against the Coup d'Etat, was killed this morning. Below there is a denunciation from the human rights organization CIPRODEH, a press release from Feminists in Resistance, and a denunciation written by Walter before he died about the repression against the LGBTQ community in Honduras under the de facto government.
Brazil and US: "Small Differences"
By hondurascoup2009.blogspot.com : December 14, 2009
Marco Aurelio Garcia, advisor to Brazilian President Lula, said that there were "small" differences between the US and Brazil on Honduras. Garcia spoke after meeting with Arturo Valenzuela, Assistant Secretary for Western Hemispheric Affairs. When asked what those differences were, he explained that the differences were over the effects of the November 29 election, but that both countries agreed the elections were not a sufficient condition for the return to normalization of democracy.
Correa talks Obama, Honduras and Iran
By euronews.net : December 14, 2009
"If the US had wanted to stop the putsch in Honduras it could have done so in 48 hours," says Rafael Correa the President of Ecuador. Correa has allied his country to the Bolivarian group of nations, which includes Venezuela and Bolivia. Ecuador has therefore sided with those opposed to US policy in Latin America, while at the same time improving ties with Iran. euronews spoke with President Rafael Correa.
Obama: stand up for women's rights in Honduras
By Jody Williams and Lisa VeneKlasen - csmonitor.com : December 14, 2009
Continued political wrangling is bad enough for democracy there and across Latin America. What's worse is that the international community, including the Obama administration, is ignoring the widespread abuses of human rights in the coup's aftermath. / The brunt of these abuses is borne by the women of Honduras. So far, Washington has failed to come to their defense even as the women's efforts to promote peace and democracy have been met with systematic repression.
In Honduras, Ratings Zoom for Radio Watchdog
By Dawn Paley - thetyee.ca : December 14, 2009
Running any kind of business during a coup d'état isn't an easy chore. Running a commercial radio station that speaks out against the military and the interruption of democracy in the eye of the storm is an even more daunting -- and dangerous -- task. / For the journalists at Radio Globo in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, the months since the June 28 coup d'état have meant death threats, raids by the armed forces, the destruction of transmitters, confiscation of equipment, and a presidential decree designed to shut them down for 22 days.
The Sham Elections in Honduras
By Laura Carlsen - thenation.com : December 14, 2009
The Honduran elections were far from free, fair or peaceful. The coup regime rejected all diplomatic attempts to restore the nation's democracy before holding elections, keeping the constitutional president trapped behind barricades in the Brazilian Embassy. It then pretended that the elections themselves constituted a return to democratic order. / The coup's dictatorial decrees restricting freedom of assembly, freedom of speech and freedom of movement held the nation in a virtual state of siege in the weeks prior to the elections. Over forty registered candidates resigned in protest. Members of the resistance movement were harassed, beaten and detained. In San Pedro Sula, an election-day march was brutally repressed.
Patricia Rodas: The Honduran People will Continue Fighting until Victory
By cubanews.ain.cu : December 14, 2009
Speaking to reporters accredited to the 8th Summit of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of the Americas (ALBA), underway in Havana, Rodas said that the military coup against President Jose Manuel Zelaya can not stop the democratic process in her country. "President Zelaya is willing to make any sacrifices to revert the illegal coup d'état in Honduras," she stressed.
Brazil, U.S. find common ground on Honduras - official
By Reuters - thestar.com.my : December 14, 2009
The United States and Brazil agree ousted Honduran president Manuel Zelaya must have safe passage to leave Honduras and want the country's de facto president to step down to pave the way for national reconciliation, a senior Brazilian official said on Monday.
Walter Tróchez assassinated
By quotha.net : December 14, 2009
On December 4th the human rights advocate Walter Tróchez, member of the LGBT community and active member of the Resistance Front was kidnapped and savagely beaten outside the "El Obelisco" Park in Comayaguela, by four hooded men who drove a gray pickup, without plates, presumably of the DNIC [national criminal investigation directorate] (a vehicle of similar description, as he denounced publicly several months ago, had been staking out his house, obligating him to move). / On that day the kidnappers told him they knew him well and they were going to kill him. They hooded him, insulted him, and began to interrogate him about the resistance, asking for information about its leaders and its movements. At that time he managed to escape alive, and the next day he filed a complaint with national and international authorities. / Today we have been informed that he has been assassinated by two gunshots just outside of Larach & Co. in the center of Tegucigalpa.
Morgues are filled with bodies of young men, Honduran state refuses to investigate
By alainet.org : December 14, 2009
Fifteen youth were killed in violent attacks last weekend in the Honduran capital, including five young men who were massacred on a street corner. "We are in a very difficult moment here in Honduras, and a terror is being instilled in citizens," said the father of one of the deceased at his wake this afternoon. He said his son may have participated in a march against the June 28 coup d'état, but insisted that he was not a political activist.
De facto government blocks solution to Honduras' crisis...
By dominicantoday.com : December 14, 2009
The Dominican Presidency announced the failure of a Zelaya-Lobo dialogue in a statement yesterday, which notes the beginning of the talks was " delayed before the impossibility by the de facto government to facilitate the exit of president Manuel Zelaya from his country." It adds that despite the will expressed by the two players of the Honduran political crisis, to accept the beginning of the conversations to overcome the crisis of Honduras, the de facto government of Roberto Micheletti has not granted the safe-passage so that president Zelaya can leave his country.
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