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Honduras Coup - Day 234 - February 16, 2010

  • Brazil: Still Against Honduras
    By : February 16, 2010
    Brazil's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Celso Amorim, spoke out against Honduras on 16 February, claiming that elections should not be used to "wash" coup d'etats. His remarks underline Brazil's continued chagrin over the forced removal of Zelaya, and I'm interested to see how Brazil's stand against Honduran President Lobo will play out across the region.

  • Exiled Zelaya makes Dominican music to pass time
    By : February 16, 2010
    The ousted president of Honduras Manuel Zelaya has taken up singing and guitar-strumming to pass the time in exile in the Dominican Republic, the daily newspaper La Nacion reported Tuesday. Zelaya got together with musician Hector Acosta to produce Merengue music - a style endemic to Dominican Republic and known across Latin America.

  • Artist in Resistance Attacked by Hit Men
    By : February 16, 2010
    Tegucigalpa, Saturday February 13. The Honduran artist Hermes Reyes, who is also a member of the Broad Movement for Dignity and Justice (MADJ), a group affiliated with the National People's Resistance Front (FNRP), was the victim of an attack against his life the night before yesterday.

  • Honduras: new government, same terror
    By : February 16, 2010
    Despite the supposed normalization of Honduras since the transfer of power to President Porfirio Lobo last month, grave human rights abuses targeting opponents of last year's coup d'etat continue unabated. On Feb. 15, Julio Funes Benítez, a member of the water and sewage workers union SITRASANAA and a local leader of the anti-coup National Resistance Front, was shot dead in the city Comayagüela by four unknown men in a taxi.

  • U.S. Rejects Flores Bermúdez as ambassador
    By : February 16, 2010
    Not that the new guy (or gal) will be any better, and we certainly can't give the State Department credit for anything other than being calculating here (given their bloody track record), but it's still nice to see this golpista get a minor comeuppance. Roberto Flores Bermúdez was Zelaya's ambassador to the U.S. who joined Micheletti within days of the coup. He was the coup's more vocal proponent here in Washington until sometime mid-fall, when he started pretending he'd been on the sidelines all along. The fact that Lobo reappointed him speaks volumes about whom Lobo represents--not that this has been a mystery. At least I won't have to see this particular gusano slithering around DC spewing his vile nonsense in an official capacity...insha'alla.

  • Julio Funes Benítez, another resistance member assassinated
    By : February 16, 2010
    Just hours ago on this Monday February 15th, our compañero in resistance JULIO FUNES BENITEZ, of the Union of Aquaduct and Sewage Workers SITRASANAA, was murdered. The assassins shot at him in a cowardly fashion from a taxi, near the Brisas del Norte colonia [neighborhood] of Comayagüela. The murder of Funes Benítez adds to the list of murders of members of the National People's Resistance Front (FNRP), who continue to fight against the coup d'état in Honduras carried out against president Zelaya Rosales last June 28th.

  • Vanessa Yamileth Zepeda, 27 year old union leader, mother and nurse assassinated in Honduras
    By : February 16, 2010
    When the U.S.-backed military coup against the legally elected President Jose Manuel Zelaya took place last June, many of the military participants were the perpetrators of this travesty. They discharged their military, paramilitary and police forces to torture and murder labor union leaders, students, LGBT activists and peasants. The U.S. government may claim that the election of José "Pepe" Lobo was a "triumph of democracy," but that is an out and out lie. The remnants and new recruits of the genocidal U.S.- trained Battalion 3-16 are still conducting political assassinations in Honduras.

  • Anti-Coup Activists in Honduras Still Facing Human Rights Abuses
    By : February 16, 2010
    Reports are emerging from Honduras that critics of last summer's coup are still facing grave human rights abuses even after the election of President Porfirio Lobo last month. According to the website World War Four Report, Julio Funes Benítez, a local leader of the anti-coup National Resistance Front, was shot dead on Monday. On Friday, Hermes Reyes, a cultural worker with the Broad Movement for Dignity and Justice, was abducted by three presumed paramilitary gunmen and beaten and tortured before he was released hours later. Also on Friday, assailants broke into the home of Porfirio Ponce, a vice president of the beverage workers union and a leader of the National Resistance Front. Also last week, two male and two female members of the civil resistance were kidnapped and held for three days. All four were beaten, and the women were raped. The captors reportedly said the assault was "un saludo de Pepe"–a greeting from Pepe, the nickname of President Lobo.

  • Honduras: Challenges of Recognition, Truth, and Reform
    By : February 16, 2010
    The AP reported late last week that Lobo's foreign minister, Mario Canahuati, would be headed to Washington shortly to try to arrange a face-to-face meeting between Mr. Lobo and President Barack Obama. Honduras's El Tiempo adds that Honduran officials hoped a full restoration of relations would come out of such a meeting while the Honduran government also is asking the U.S. to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to the nearly 80,000 Honduran immigrants in the U.S.

  • FM hails normalization of Honduras' international ties
    By : February 16, 2010
    Honduran Foreign Minister Mario Canahuati on Monday hailed the beginning of normalization of his country's relations with other countries after last year's coup. "The ties are starting to normalize," although President Porfirio Lobo had been in office for just 18 days, Canahuati told local media.

  • Honduras: four campesinos wounded in land dispute
    By : February 16, 2010
    Four campesinos were wounded, two with bullets, on Jan. 27 when police and private security guards attacked members of the Unified Campesino Movement of the Aguán (MUCA) at the Río Aguán in Trujillo municipality, near La Ceiba in northern Honduras. Antonio Estrada was shot in his left eye, and Rosendo Reyes was hit in the leg; both were hospitalized in La Ceiba. The incident occurred the day Porfirio ("Pepe") Lobo Sosa of the National Party began his four-year presidential term." 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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