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Honduras Coup - Day 198 - January 11, 2010

  • Pope Benedict XVI and Honduras
    By : January 11, 2010
    The pope in his "state of the world" message to diplomats accredited to the Vatican said: I hope that Honduras, after a period of uncertainty and unrest, will move towards a recovery of normal political and social life. / It's a statement that most people in Honduras might accept, although some would question the "normality" of the political and social life before the coup. It might have been normal for corrupt countries with radical social inequality and massive poverty; but it can not be called a "norm" for just social and political life.

  • Honduran Cardinal Visit Rejected in Germany
    By : January 11, 2010
    A four-day-visit of Honduran Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez has sparked strong criticism in Germany as he was a supporter of the coup of June 28 against President Zelaya. / The head of the Episcopal Conference of Honduras is visiting Munster city in the state of Renania in North Westfalia.

  • Zelaya Rejects Amnesty to Coup Perpetrators
    By : January 11, 2010
    Honduran constitutional President Manuel Zelaya reiterated on Monday his rejection of the amnesty law that the National Congress is trying to approve this week to favor those involved in the coup d''etat.

  • Honduras top court accepts case against military over coup
    By AFP - : January 11, 2010
    Honduras's Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear an "abuse of power" case against six senior military officials, stemming from the expulsion last year of President Manuel Zelaya. / Supreme Court President Jorge Alberto Rivera has accepted the Honduras attorney general's petition to hear the case, said Juan Carlos Sanchez, head of the army's legal department.

  • Letter from London
    By Calvin Tucker - : January 11, 2010
    This message was broadcast in Honduras on 10th January by Radio Globo, the radio station which expresses the view of the majority of Hondurans who oppose the coup regime.

  • Alas, poor Honduras – too far from God,
    too close to the U.S. State Department

    By : January 11, 2010
    On Friday 600 families were forcibly removed from their lands in Bajo Aguán, in Colón, in northern Honduras. As their crops and shacks were destroyed by 300 members of the Armed Forces and the National Police, the people fled and one news source reported that they fled through the palm plantations in the area and were hunted down by the government forces.

  • Around Latin America
    By : January 11, 2010
    The longer-term effects of Micheletti's government are becoming increasingly clear, as Honduras is facing bankruptcy and the likelihood of foreign loans. Over the past several months since the coup, Micheletti's government has been drawing on reserves with no income (and certainly, the withdrawal of foreign investment in the wake of the illegal coup and global condemnation of the Micheletti government has not helped). This has left Honduras with no way to pay creditors as Lobo enters office at the end of the month. The result is that the only solution that seems to be on the table right now is foreign loans from institutions like the World Bank and IMF. Given the legacy of loans from these institutions in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, the economic future for Honduras looks fairly bleak. It seems increasingly likely that Honduras can now expect to be paying off the financial burden of the actions of the military and Micheletti for years and years and years to come.

  • The Situation in Honduras
    By : January 11, 2010
    Porfirio Lobo is scheduled to be inaugurated President of Honduras on January 27. The validity of his election, however, is still be questioned by many nations as well as human rights groups. Now the de facto government of Roberto Micheletti (which came to power after the sitting president, Manuel Zelaya, was removed by a military coup in June) is taking steps to try to legitimize the results of last November’s election and Lobo’s administration.

  • Zelaya should maintain stand
    By : January 11, 2010
    Little, if any news coming out of Honduras reaches us (at least not in the newspapers) of the nationwide strikes and continued armed resistance that has been going on in that Central American country since the June 28 coup d'etat by the Honduran military. / The brave, freedom-loving people of Honduras continue to demand the reinstatement of their beloved president and each day throughout the country, huge marches (often in numbers of over 100,000 demonstrators) take place, against those who committed treason and murder by overthrowing Honduras' legitimate head of state, President Manuel Zelaya.

  • Military Before Supreme Court Thursday
    By : January 11, 2010
    The five generals charged with abuse of authority and illegal extradition by the Public Prosecutor must appear before Justice Jorge Rivera Aviles on Thursday, after which he will decide whether to accept the charges or not. They are scheduled to appear at 2:30 or 3 pm. Because of security concerns, the place they are to meet was not specified by the judge.

  • COFADEH's urgent statement on Aguán
    By : January 11, 2010
    The Committee of Relatives of Disappeared People in Honduras, COFADEH denounces to the national and international community that men, women and children detained in facilities of the Fifteenth Infantry Battalion are being subjected to torture by military and police in contravention of the Geneva Convention which prohibits absolutely the use of torture against civilians. 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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