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Honduras Coup - Day 87 - September 22, 2009

  • Honduras: NGOs call for ICC to investigate political persecution
    By FIDH Press release - : September 22, 2009
    The Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos de España (APDHE) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) urge Roberto Micheletti’s de facto government to withdraw and allow the reinstatement of the elected president. APDHE and FIDH condemn the fact that, once again, the de facto government has resorted to a curfew as a way to suppress civic mobilisation claiming reinstatement of democracy. Tomorrow the NGOs will submit a communication to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. Through this communication, they will call for the ICC to investigate and punish those most responsible for the crime of persecution on political grounds, which has been perpetrated by those who led the coup d’Etat since 28 June 2009.

  • Clinton, Speak Clearly Now to Avoid a Massacre in Honduras
    By Laura Carlsen - - : Sept. 22, 2009
    This is an urgent plea to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: Immediately condemn the violence unleashed against the Honduran people by the de facto regime and take every peaceful measure possible to avoid a bloodbath in that country.

  • Shot to death
    By : September 22, 2009
    Oscar Adán Palacios was shot to death by the military in the Colonia Victor F. Ardon of Tegucigalpa this afternoon as he protested peacefully against the de facto government, Vos el Soberano reports.

  • Canard d'Etat: Honduras and the U.S. Press
    By Kirk Nielsen - : September 22, 2009
    Think the fallacies in America's health care debate are slippery? Try catching the red herring that's fouling up U.S. press coverage of the Honduran coup.
    The canard goes something like this: Efforts by President Manuel Zelaya of Honduras to remove term limits were the cause of a military coup in the Central American nation in June. That sentence, which appeared in the Aug. 26 edition of The New York Times, was from an Agence France Presse brief about Colombian president Alvaro Uribe's push to stay in power for a third term. It implies that Zelaya, too, was trying to extend his presidency by removing term limits and presents this as fact. But it's not one.

  • US pledges to help besieged Brazil embassy in Honduras
    By AFP - : September 22, 2009
    The United States pledged Tuesday to do whatever it can to help Brazil's embassy in Honduras, which was surrounded by soldiers and had its lights, water and phone lines cut off after deposed President Manuel Zelaya took refuge there.

  • 26-hour martial curfew in Honduras
    By : September 22, 2009
    Images of the resistance against the repression on September 22, 2009

  • Seven Million Hondurans Under House Arrest as Micheletti Writes of "Democracy"
    By Al Giordano - : September 22, 2009
    The Honduran coup regime's 26-hour martial curfew upon the entire country effectively places 7.5 million Honduran citizens – men, women, children and elders – under house arrest. They are prohibited from going to work, to the store, or to walk down the street to visit a neighbor. Anybody on the street is subject to arrest, for violation of the curfew. If this happened to you, what would you call it?

  • Quote of the day: Honduras
    By Greg Weeks - : September 22, 2009
    "The State of Honduras is committed to respect the rights of Mr. Zelaya to due process." --Roberto Micheletti, head of a government that refused to allow Zelaya a trial and instead illegally exiled him.

  • Salvaging Democracy in Honduras Will Be Tricky
    By Nikolas Kozloff - counterpunch - : September 22, 2009
    Manuel Zelaya, the ousted leader of Honduras who was overthrown in a right-wing military coup in June, has made an incredible political gamble: yesterday he returned to the troubled Central American nation in a bid to reclaim the reins of power. In the capitol of Tegucigalpa some Zelaya supporters gathered in front of the United Nations building where they believed the former president was holed up. However, there was no confirmation that Zelaya was indeed inside. Later however the President appeared smiling on the balcony of the Brazilian embassy.

  • EU calls for peaceful solution as Honduran president returns
    By Jennifer Abramsohn - : September 22, 2009
    The European Union called for a "negotiated solution" to the current crisis in Honduras, as deposed president Manuel Zelaya dramatically returned to his country on Tuesday. He took refuge in the Brazilian embassy.

  • Honduran president returns: Crisis comes to a head
    By Emile Schepers - : September 22, 2009
    The crisis which has simmered in the Central American nation of Honduras since the military, backed by the oligarchy and traditional politicians, deposed and exiled president Manuel "Mel" Zelaya has now come to a head. Quite unexpectedly, President Zelaya appeared this morning in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa, saying that he had come to return to power. This bold stroke appears to be a major game changer.

  • No More Constitution
    By : September 22, 2009
    The Micheletti regime, about 4 am this morning, violently dislodged the protesters outside the Brazilian embassy with tear gas, pepper spray and water canons. Radio Globo reports THEY SUSPENDED THE CONSTITUTION and declared a state of emergency. Among the rights suspended are the right of free circulation and assembly. / There are many people hurt, and reports of at leaast one death as a result. Update: Adrienne Pine, reporting that police are surrounding the hospital where the wounded were brought, says there were "17 critically injured patients (3 already dead)". Vos el Soberano reports that the police have surrounded the hospital with the injured and are removing them to an unknown location.

  • Brazil: actions against Honduras embassy not tolerable
    By : September 22, 2009
    Brazil will not tolerate any actions against its embassy in Tegucigalpa, where ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya sought refuge after slipping back into the country, Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorin said on Tuesday.

  • Zelaya's return to Honduras prompts curfew
    By AlJazeeraEnglish : September 22, 2009
    The ousted Honduran president has returned to his country nearly three months after being forced from power and into exile by a military-backed coup. Manuel Zelaya took refuge at the Brazilian embassy in the capital, Tegucigalpa, on Monday, prompting Roberto Micheletti, the man who replaced him, to declare an overnight curfew and demand that Brazil hand him over. Thousands of Zelaya supporters gathered outside the embassy as helicopters flew overhead and a small group of police stood nearby. The US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, called for dialogue between Zelaya and the de facto government and urged everyone to "act in a peaceful way to try to find some common ground". Monica Villamizar reports.

  • Honduran troops rout Zelaya supporters outside Brazilian Embassy
    By Tyler Bridges - : September 22, 2009
    The police and army in Honduras on Tuesday morning swept away thousands of supporters of ousted President Manuel Zelaya who'd spent the night outside the Brazilian Embassy after his dramatic return to Honduras the day before.

  • Honduras under curfew after Zelaya return
    By : September 22, 2009
    Head of the Honduran interim government, Roberto Micheletti, announced the general curfew on Monday after revelations that the ousted Zelaya had sought refuge at the Brazilian embassy in the capital Tegucigalpa. "The government has declared the curfew for the entire country from 4 in the afternoon until 6 a.m. to conserve calm in the country," Reuter quoted the government spokesperson Rene Zepeda as saying.

  • Brazil's president says he spoke with Zelaya
    By Michael Astor, AP - : September 22, 2009
    Brazil's president said Tuesday he asked deposed Honduras President Manuel Zelaya not to provide a pretext for coup leaders to invade the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa, where Zelaya has been staying since slipping back into the country.

  • Honduras' Zelaya besieged by soldiers: Brazilian embassy surrounded
    By Noe Leiva, Reuters - : September 22, 2009
    Soldiers in face-masks wielded truncheons as they broke up a demonstration by around 4,000 Zelaya supporters who had camped out overnight to protect the man they see as the rightful leader of their country. Four protesters were shot and injured in the skirmishes, Juan Barahona, coordinator of the Resistance Front Against the June 28 Coup, told AFP.

  • Zelaya's arrival 'a complete surprise,' Brazilian ambassador says
    By Michelle Chen - : September 22, 2009
    Brazil's ambassador to Honduras said Tuesday that the arrival of ousted Honduran president Manuel Zelaya at the embassy in Tegucigalpa was "a complete surprise."Zelaya, who was ousted in a coup on June 28, secretly returned to Honduras on Monday and has since being staying at the Brazilian embassy as a "guest."

  • Venezuela's Chavez Calls on Honduras Coup Government
    to Peacefully Hand over Power to Manuel Zelaya

    By Kiraz Janicke - - : September 22, 2009
    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez today congratulated the democratically elected president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya on his "heroic" return to his homeland eighty-six days after he was ousted by a military coup on June 28. Chavez also called on the coup regime, headed by Roberto Micheletti, to peacefully hand over power to Zelaya.

  • Zelaya's daring return reignites Honduras crisis
    By AP - : September 22, 2009
    The daring return of deposed President Manuel Zelaya has thrust Honduras back onto the world stage and posed a sharp challenge to interim leaders determined to hold new elections without him after a June coup.

  • Clinton urges dialogue, calm in Honduras
    By : September 22, 2009
    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Monday ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya and the de facto government must find a way to talk and to avoid violence following his return to the Central American nation.

  • Zelaya's return to Honduras met with force
    By : September 22, 2009
    Ousted president makes surprise return to the capital, coup government responds with vicious crackdown

  • Military Repression Claimed Three Lives Today in Honduras
    By : September 22, 2009
    Three people died today in Honduras as a result of strong repression against those protesting the military coup that took place in the country last June, Campesino leader Rafael Alegria denounced in the capital Tegucigalpa.

  • Ousted president Zelaya returns to Honduras
    By : September 22, 2009
    Ousted President Manuel Zelaya sneaked back into Honduras on Monday almost three months after he was toppled in a coup, and took refuge in the Brazilian embassy to avoid arrest by the de facto government.

  • Radio Globo and Channel 36 Announce Return of President Zelaya
    By Belén Fernández - : September 22, 2009
    Coup President Micheletti Eventually Agrees They Are Right
    Micheletti's speech lacked any preceding "flash informativo" but did involve the gruff repetition of "Viva Honduras" and a claim that he did not know why Zelaya was in the country. Having finally determined that Zelaya is here, Micheletti's next step may be to figure out why he is here, so that citizens prohibited from leaving their residences will not have to depend on media he is trying to ban for the truth.

  • Gunfire, Tear Gas in Honduran Capital
    By Ashley Rindsberg - : September 22, 2009
    Gunfire, the smell of burning tires, and teargas woke me up this morning. Tegucigalpa's Palmira neighborhood erupted into violence at around 5 in the morning. Demonstrators were gathered throughout the night on the street below my hotel balcony, where I stood watching tires burn in the middle of the road. Lightning flashed behind the Tegucigalpa hills but there was a dryness in the air forbidding any possibility of rain, which might have driven protesters back home, but did bring a feeling of combustibility to Honduras' capital city.

  • Report from Honduras: Ousted President Manuel Zelaya Returns to Honduras in Defiance of Coup Government
    By : September 22, 2009
    We go live to the Brazilian embassy in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa, where Manuel Zelaya has sought refuge. After Zelaya's dramatic return, the coup government ordered a curfew, but thousands of Zelaya supporters defied the ban and rallied outside the Brazilian embassy. Earlier this morning police fired tear gas outside the embassy to disburse the crowd. We hear Zelaya speak from inside the embassy and speak to Andres Conteris and Mark Weisbrot.

  • Good cop, bad cop? IMF in Honduras, Sri Lanka
    By : September 22, 2009
    There have been significant concerns about IMF programmes in Honduras, where the IMF has not made clear whether it will deal with coup leaders who seized power from the elected president, and in Sri Lanka over allegations that the government is abusing the human rights of hundreds of thousands of Tamils. 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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