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Honduras Coup - Day 8 - July 05, 2009

  • Honduran golpista: Obama a "little black man who knows nothing"
    By WW4 Report - ww4report : July 05, 2009
    The Latin American business blog Inka Kola News is running a translation of an interview with the new Honduran chancellor (foreign minister) Enrique Ortez, recently appointed by de facto president Roberto Micheletti, in which he disses world and regional leaders who reject his coup-installed government in contemptuously condescending terms—and refers to Barack Obama as a "little black man who knows nothing."

  • Photo Essay - Tragedy at Toncontin: Army Shoots and Kills Protesters
    By : July 05, 2009

  • Zelaya Arrives to El Salvador; Confirms Meeting Tomorrow
    in Washington with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

    By Eva Golinger - : July 05, 2009
    A confirmed meeting is taking place tomorrow in Washington, D.C., between President Zelaya and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Zelaya is expected to fly early tomorrow to the US capital. Clinton will most likely seek to negotiate some kind of agreement between the coup forces and President Zelaya in order to ensure his safe return and reinstate constitutional order.

  • Venezuelan President: Today's Events in Honduras a "Moral Victory"
    By Tamara Pearson - : July 05, 2009
    Responding to the fact that Honduran President Manuel Zelaya could not land in Honduras to resume his presidency on Sunday, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said that the attempt was still a "moral victory," and that Venezuela would continue supporting Honduras until democracy is restored.

  • Honduran clashes turn deadly
    Mariana Sanchez reports - Al Jazeera : July 05, 2009

    The Honduran military has thwarted an attempt by Manuel Zelaya, the ousted president, to fly back to the country, as clashes between his supporters and security forces turned deadly. A young boy has become the first to die in the wake of the coup after security forces opened fire on tens of thousands of Zelaya supporters who had gathered in anticipation of his return. Al Jazeera's Mariana Sanchez reports from Honduran capital Tegucigalpa.

  • Military Coup Blocks President's Return, Time for U.S. to Act
    By Laura Carlsen - Americas Mexico Blog : July 05, 2009
    The moment President Zelaya's plane came into view in the sky over the Toncontin airport, two things happened: tens of thousands of demonstrators awaiting Zelaya broke out in cheers to welcome it, and the Honduran armed forces mobilized on the landing field to prevent it from landing. In the fading light of dusk, the plane circled the landing strip several times. Then the voice of the president came over the airwaves.

  • Zelaya Heading to San Salvador to Reunite With Other Presidents...
    By Eva Golinger - : July 05, 2009
    After arriving briefly in Managua, Nicaragua, just minutes ago, President Manuel Zelaya has taken off again, this time for San Salvador, El Salvador, to reunite with the other heads of state accompanying him on his first attempt to return to Honduras. Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza and the presidents of Ecuador, Argentina and Paraguay, are waiting for President Zelaya in San Salvador, after flying in from Washington this afternoon.

  • Honduras says Nicaragua has troops moving on border
    By Reuters - : July 05, 2009

  • Updates: President's Plane Approaches Tegucigalpa
    By Al Giordano - : July 05, 2009
    The multitude could not be held back, and hundreds of thousands of anti-coup Hondurans (Radio Globo reports 500,000) have the Toncontin International Airport flanked on both ends, as 20 minutes ago President Manuel Zelaya indicated his plane was about to enter Honduran airspace. (Photo from

    Update 7:57 p.m. ET, 5:57 p.m. in Tegucigalpa: Confirmed: Zelaya's plane will land in Managua, home of UN General Assembly President D'Escoto, who accompanies him.

    Update 7:32 p.m. ET, 5:32 p.m. in Tegucigalpa: Zelaya live on Telesur, says they are unable to land and "will have to look for another way into the country tomorrow."

    Update 7:29 p.m. ET, 5:28 p.m. in Tegucigalpa: According to the air traffic control voice, the plane has left the area and is heading toward Managua, Nicaragua.

    Update 7:27 p.m. ET, 5:27 p.m in Tegucigalpa: The pilot of the plane just told control tower that he is "ascending again at 5,000 feet."

    Update 7:19 p.m. ET, 5:19 p.m. in Tegucigalpa: I just heard the control tower at Toncontin inform an airplane that the airport is "only for Honduran military airplanes."
    It's hard to hear, but it sounded like the pilot says something about the UN on the plane.
    Control tower repeats: "only for Honduran military planes."

    Update: 7:01 p.m. ET, 5:01 p.m. in Tegucigalpa: Telesur is reporting that President Zelaya's plane will land at Toncontin "in a few minutes."

    Hundreds of thousands of anti-coup Hondurans have the Toncontin International Airport flanked on both ends

  • Zelaya's Plane is Circling the Airport
    in Tegucigalpa Honduras, Attempting to Land

    By Eva Golinger - : July 05, 2009
    The Honduran military has placed military vehicles and forces all along the airport's runway to prevent the airplane from arriving....this is happening right now...the plane is circling trying to figure out how to land....the military is trying to stop it. Thousands of Zelaya supporters are applauding his arrival around the airport.

  • Zelaya nears Honduras, asks soldiers for loyalty
    By Will Weissert and Nestor Ikeda - : July 05, 2009
    Ousted President Manuel Zelaya appealed to the Honduran military to return its loyalty to him as he prepared to land in the capital Sunday, facing warrants for his arrest by security forces defending the airport against a crowd of thousands.

  • Coup Military Forces Repressing Zelaya's Supporters
    Awaiting His Arrival at The Airport in Tegucigalpa

    By Eva Golinger - : July 05, 2009
    The Honduran military and police under the orders of the coup government installed by force last week are repressing the hundreds of thousands of people that have marched from all around the country to await the return of their ousted president, Manuel Zelaya.

  • Honduran military told to turn back Zelaya's jet
    By Will Weissert and Nestor Ikeda, Associated Press - : July 05, 2009
    Protests at the airport turned violent, despite Manuel Zelaya's appeals to remain peaceful. Security forces fired warning shots and tear gas toward thousands of his supporters, some of whom threw rocks and set a fire.

  • Honduras interim govt tells OAS it wants to talk-US
    Reporting by Doug Palmer - : July 05, 2009
    The interim government in Honduras has told the Organization of American States it wants to start talks, a senior U.S. official said on Sunday, as ousted President Manuel Zelaya departed for his country.

  • A Mega-March of Supporters Will Receive Zelaya in Tegucigalpa
    By Kristin Bricker - : July 05, 2009

  • Marchers, President, Armed Forces Move toward Airport
    By Laura Carlsen - Americas MexicoBlog : July 05, 2009
    One force--police and military units at the service of the coup--is charged with preventing the other two--a President and the people who support him--from connecting in a powerful circuit to reinstate the President. The march is now blocked by police contingents in a face-off at the entrance to the airport. Neither side will disperse.

  • Ousted leader heads for Honduras : July 05, 2009
    Ousted President Manuel Zelaya has left the US on a flight bound for Honduras, in a bid to reclaim his post.

  • Coup Government Shuts Down All Airports
    in Honduras to Impede President Zelaya's Return

    By Eva Golinger - : July 05, 2009
    The de facto coup government in place in Honduras since last Sunday's coup d'etat has militarized the international airport outside the capital city of Tegucigalpa and shut down all other airports in the country. Letters were received by the Embassies of Argentina, Paraguay and Ecuador from the coup government, denying authorization for airplanes to land in Honduran airspace carrying the heads of state from those nations.

    Protesters against the coup government and in favor of President Zelaya's return are gathered around the airport in Tegucigalpa, awaiting their constitutional president's arrival. They have reported snipers are stationed all around the airport, apparently ready to fire at any airplane that enters the area.

  • Honduran Military Ordered to Turn Back Zelaya's Jet
    By Will Weissert and Nestor Ikeda; AP - : July 05, 2009
    Honduras braced for confrontation Sunday as ousted President Manuel Zelaya insisted on coming home to reclaim his post, urging his supporters to mass at the airport for a showdown with the interim government in power since the army sent him into exile a week ago.

  • Zelaya Doesn't Blink: Two Airplanes Heading South Today
    By Al Giordano - : July 05, 2009
    In a press conference that got underway in front of OAS headquarters in Washington DC a few minutes ago at 11:55 a.m. ET (9:55 a.m. in Tegucigalpa), Honduran President Miguel Zelaya announced that two planes will be heading south today.

  • Exiled Honduran leader vows return for showdown
    The Associated Press - : July 05, 2009

  • OAS suspends Honduras over coup against Zelaya
    By Jim Wolf; Reuters - : July 05, 2009

  • OAS Suspends Honduras; Zelaya's Vow to Return Stirs Controversy
    By Jose De Cordoba and Paul Kiernan - : July 05, 2009
    The stage was set on Sunday for a dramatic confrontation in Honduras, with plans by ousted president Manuel Zelaya to return to the country to take up his post, as the Organization of American States kicked out the Central American nation for refusing to restore him.

    At an emergency meeting in Washington, 33 nations backed the resolution suspending Honduras's membership, with none opposed and Honduras abstaining. It was the first time in nearly 20 years that the OAS took such a step due to a military coup.

  • The Counter-Revolution Will Not be Tweeted
    By George Ciccariello-Maher - - : July 05, 2009
    Comparison to the April 2002 coup against Chávez seems obvious to many.For Kiraz Janicke, for example, the move against Zelaya constitutes a "carbon copy" of the earlier coup, while Atilio Boron calls it a "repeat" of Chávez's brief ouster. Certainly, Zelaya is no Chávez, and as we will see, Obama is certainly no Bush, but especially in light of efforts on the liberal left to deny any similarity, it is worthwhile nevertheless laying out the striking parallels between the strategies adopted by the Honduran golpistas and their Venezuelan counterparts... 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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