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Honduras Coup - Day 46 - August 12, 2009

  • Zelaya's supporters swarm capital in protest
    By : August 12, 2009
    Thousands of supporters of ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya converged on the capital Tegucigalpa on Tuesday to demand his restitution as president of the country.

  • Action Alert: Attack Against Offices of Vía Campesina in Honduras
    By Vía Campesina - : August 12, 2009
    Last night at 11:23 p.m., during curfew which began at 10 p.m., unknown individuals driving a cream colour Toyota Turismo with the license plate PCA1981 fired bullets at the office of Vía Campesina located in the Alameda neighbourhood of Tegucigalpa, Honduras which is coordinated by Rafael Alegría. The act was a clear attack against our social organizations and leaders who are part of the National Front Against the Coup. In addition to the recent attack on Vía Campesina, a bomb capable of killing 15 people went off in the building of the Beverage Workers Union (STIBYS, by its Spanish initials) on July 26th 2009. Both organizations are part of the National Front Against the Coup.

  • From Cuba, Solidarity Message to Hondurans
    By : August 12, 2009
    Members of the Latin American Brigade of Solidarity with Cuba expressed their support in a message sent to the Honduran people on Wednesday, after the coup perpetrated in this Central American nation on June 28 against Constitutional President Manuel Zelaya.

  • Honduran police clash again with Zelaya supporters
    By Edgard Garrido, Reuters - : August 12, 2009
    Security forces fired tear gas to disperse a crowd of thousands of demonstrators in the capital Tegucigalpa and protesters responded by throwing stones in a scuffle near Congress. The demonstration calmed down by the afternoon.

  • The Honduras coup is a sign: the radical tide can be turned
    By Seumas Milne - : August 12, 2009
    If this were Burma or Iran the assault on democracy would be a global cause celebre. Instead, Obama is sitting on his hands
    But as the coup regime of Roberto Micheletti digs in without a hint of serious sanction from the country's powerful northern sponsor, there is every sign of a historical replay. In a grotesquely unequal country of seven million people, famously owned and controlled by 15 families, in which more than two-thirds live below the poverty line, the oligarch rancher Zelaya was an unlikely champion of social advance..

  • 10,000 supporters of Honduras' ousted president
    arrive in capital after weeklong marches

    By Kathia Martinez - : August 12, 2009
    Honduras' interim government reinstated a nighttime curfew for the capital after thousands of anti-coup protesters marched into Tegucigalpa on Tuesday to demand the return of ousted President Manuel Zelaya.

  • Honduras: unions start open-ended strike
    By : August 12, 2009
    On Aug. 6 the three main Honduran labor federations held a march in Tegucigalpa marking the start of an open-ended general strike against the de facto government formed when a June 28 coup removed president José Manuel Zelaya Rosales from office. The strike was timed to coincide with eight coordinated marches by grassroots organizations that began on Aug. 5 with the goal of bringing tens of thousands of coup opponents from around the country to Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula, the second largest city, on Aug. 11. A delegation from the Organization of American States (OAS) is scheduled to visit Honduras that day for discussions with de facto officials and others.

  • University Rector's Comments on UNAH Confrontation
    By : August 12, 2009
    An article in the pro-coup Honduran newspaper El Heraldo, published Monday, is interesting for a number of reasons. First, it quotes Rectora Julieta Castellanos, the respect sociologist, highest official of the University, whose man-handling by riot police last week was a shocking breach of university autonomy that underlines how out of control the military/police response is. Second, it gives an opportunity to have a real eye-witness-- the best eye-witness-- assess who has the responsibility for the violence that escalated after some university students blocked a road in Tegucigalpa and the police over-reacted to this normal form of civil disobedience.

  • The media doesn't get Latin America
    By Rodrigo Orihuela - : August 12, 2009
    The reaction in the US to the crisis in Honduras highlights how the media is totally out of touch with the region
    To focus support for Zelaya's ousting on his alleged drive against the law is to lose perspective of what it means for Latin Americans to see military boots marching into presidential palaces. Military intervention in political life is weighed by Latin Americans in a way Americans are mostly unable too, for the simple reason that Americans have been fortunate enough never to suffer it.

  • Ousted Honduran leader asks for more US help
    By AP - : August 12, 2009
    Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya says the United States could help restore him to power by putting more economic pressure on the Central American country's interim administration.

  • Zelaya's followers vow to stop the November elections
    By Xinhua - : August 12, 2009
    Followers of ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya Tuesday demanded the United Nations (UN) suspend economic aid for the country's general elections, scheduled for Nov. 29.

  • Zelaya's supporters swarm capital in protest
    By Xinhua - : August 12, 2009
    Thousands of supporters of ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya converged on the capital Tegucigalpa on Tuesday to demand his restitution as president of the country.

  • Dispatches from Honduras
    By : August 12, 2009
    Thousands of people protesting the Honduras coup regime marched August 11 in the capital city of Tegucigalpa, taking their demonstration to the presidential palace where coup leader Roberto Micheletti seized power in late June. / The march was the latest in a series of protests and acts of defiance in this country, long dominated by a U.S.-backed military and a wealthy oligarchy. More resistance is being planned.

  • Otto Reich's Fingerprints on Honduras Coup?
    By Bill Weinberg - : August 12, 2009
    Recalling Reich's involvement in the Nicaragua destabilization campaign in the 1980s and (apparently) the Venezuelan coup attempt, he quipped, "We suffered the First Reich, the Second Reich, and now we are suffering the Third Reich."

  • Honduran coup leaders try to beat the clock
    By Editorial - : August 12, 2009
    Despite efforts to return ousted President Manuel Zelaya, the interim government is dragging its feet until elections in November. The Obama administration shouldn't tolerate this strategy.

  • Peaceful mobilization marred
    By Jennifer Moore - : August 12, 2009
    As the serpentine procession from the north arrived, which included union members, teachers, indigenous people, and campesinos, they were greeted by a delighted crowd who cheered from either side of the street as if they had just won a marathon. In many ways, this was the situation. Young and old all demanding the unconditional return of Zelaya had walked for up to six days to reach the capital city on foot. / The massively attended events in both cities took place without serious incident, although military and police blocked demonstrators in the capital city from protesting in front of the presidential palace. / Most disturbingly, however, after the vast majority of marchers had dispersed incidents of vandalism and violence took place involving police and a small group of people who lagged behind the crowd

  • OAS chief vows to accompany Honduras mission
    By William C. Mann, AP - : August 12, 2009
    The Organization of American States reaffirmed on Tuesday its plans to send to Honduras a delegation of OAS foreign ministers to work on restoring the Central American country's elected government, but the two sides seem at odds over the top OAS official's role.

  • Obama Administration Restating Its Position?
    By Marina Litvinsky - : August 12, 2009
    A letter sent last week by the U.S. State Department has caused many to question the Obama Administration position on reinstating ousted Honduras President Manuel Zelaya.

  • Iran vs Honduras - A subtle difference
    By : August 12, 2009
    Yet, at the very same time the media magnifying glass was coinciding with US gun sights by focusing on Iran, a much clearer case of repression was occurring in Latin America. This time though, readers were spared personal accounts of violence and imprisonment, they were not compelled by footage of youthful street protests and more importantly, they were offered no clear cut narrative of good vs evil, democratic vs autocratic. In this instance, anti-democratic violence is somehow mitigated by spurious justification.

  • Anti-Coup Marchers Merge on the Capital of Honduras
    By Belén Fernández - : August 12, 2009
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