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Honduras Coup - Day 172 - December 16, 2009

  • Zelaya accuses Micheletti of diversion of ALBA funds to finance coup
    By : December 16, 2009
    Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya said that interim ruler Roberto Micheletti has mismanaged more than USD 100 million from Petrocaribe, a regional energy alliance, and from the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA), the integration bloc from which Honduras is withdrawing.

  • National Resistance Front Declaration: "We are a real power throughout the country... armed with the social consciousness forged in the struggle."
    By : December 16, 2009
    The Honduran Resistance has been able to stand with dignity in the face of the charge from the enemies of freedom and democracy. During almost 6 months of continuous peaceful but vehement struggle we have established that we do not accept any exit from the crisis other than the re-establishment of the institutional order, punishment for the violators of human rights and the installation of a National Constitutional Assembly. We do not ask submissively for a favor from the usurpers, we are conscious of our power and our capacity.

  • Honduras crisis claims more lives
    By : December 16, 2009
    A spate of abductions and murders has prompted concern that the political crisis in Honduras is still claiming victims despite the election of a new government. Gunmen have killed two young activists in recent separate attacks amid a continued crackdown against supporters of the ousted president, Manuel Zelaya.

  • Business As Usual
    By : December 16, 2009
    Obama fluffed it. That’s the only reasonable conclusion to be drawn from the way the military coup in Honduras has played out over the last few months. Claiming that they still regarded Manuel Zelaya, expelled on 28 June, as the legitimate president, the United States eventually got round to appearing to put pressure on the illegal regime in October. Unfortunately, their action was either so hesitant or so deliberately manipulative that Zelaya lost the best chance he had to return to power.

  • ...I said "FASCISM."
    By : December 16, 2009
    I'm honored to have been invited to write the Anthropology News human rights column for this month, submitted when Radio Globo and Canal 36 had just been shut down, before the regime responded to the State Department's slight slap on their wrist about that.

  • Honduran president-elect gropes for exit in shadow of coup
    By : December 16, 2009
    Having been immersed in a political crisis following the June 28 coup, Honduras has been trying to seek a way out of it despite a widely unrecognized presidential election late last month. However, the election, which was once pinned hopes on to solve the political stalemate, turned out to be controversial and further polarized the Honduran society since many countries refused to recognize it.

  • Honduran Congress to consider coup amnesty
    By : December 16, 2009
    The National Congress of Honduras would discuss the possibility of a political amnesty for all those involved in the coup that deposed President Manuel Zelaya, said Congress Speaker Jose Alfredo Saavedra Tuesday.

  • Honduran Opposition Member Found Decapitated
    By : December 16, 2009
    The body of Santos Corrales Garcia, a member of the National Resistance Front against the coup d'état in Honduras, was found this weekend decapitated at the hands of the police under the Roberto Micheletti de facto regime's command, reported YVKE Mundial news agency.

  • Honduras takes steps to withdraw from ALBA
    By : December 16, 2009
    The government of acting Honduras President Roberto Micheletti will file a motion at the Congress on Wednesday to take Honduras out of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA).

  • Gunmen fire on Honduran journalist's car, 1 killed
    By AP - : December 16, 2009
    Gunmen have attacked the car of a Honduran television journalist, killing her pregnant daughter but leaving her uninjured.

  • Rodolfo Pastor Fasquelle at MIT panel w/Chomsky this week
    By : December 16, 2009
    Several of the issues I will deal with here --maybe all-- are problems of history; they can no longer be mended. Some of us however still believe history is relevant and since it is my trade, I feel obligated to deal with these issues. Coup mongers will not make any of what happened right because it is past, or make Zelaya a less relevant figure calling him "historical".

  • Another assassination
    By : December 16, 2009
    The 16-year old daughter of journalist Carol Cabrera of Canal 8 shot in Comayagüela by motorcyclists.

  • Our compañero in struggle
    By : December 16, 2009
    Walter Tróchez, a well-known, 25-year-old lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activist and active member of the National Resistance Front in Honduras, was murdered December 13. / Tróchez had been arrested and beaten for his sexual orientation after participating in a march against the coup, and he had worked to uncover, document and expose homophobic killings and crimes committed by the forces behind the coup. He was being followed in the weeks before his murder by thugs believed to be members of the state security forces.

  • No resignation
    By : December 16, 2009
    There are a variety of things the coup government could do to speed up recognition of the elections. It has thus far refused to do any of them. The latest is Roberto Micheletti's announcement that he will not resign. One of the remaining elements of the Tegucigalpa-San José Accord is the creation of a unity government, and Micheletti is an obstacle to that since he already tried to unilaterally create a pro-coup unity government.

  • Top Ten Ways You Can Tell Which Side the United States Government Is on With Regard to the Military Coup in Honduras
    By Mark Weisbrot - : December 16, 2009
    At dawn on June 28, the Honduran military abducted President Manuel Zelaya at gunpoint and flew him out of the country. Conflicting and ambiguous statements from the Obama administration left many confused about whether it opposed this coup or was really trying to help it succeed.

  • Honduras: reject amnesty for abuses during coup
    By : December 16, 2009
    The proposal by Porfirio Lobo, winner of Honduras' disputed presidential election on November 29, 2009, for an "amnesty for all" of those involved in the June coup d'état violates the country's international obligations and undermines the rule of law, Human Rights Watch said Dec. 11. The election was organized by the de facto government, and has been recognized only by the United States and four Latin American countries. The ousted president, Manuel Zelaya, urged his supporters to boycott the vote. 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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