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Honduras Coup - Day 88 - September 23, 2009

  • Declaration about the Situation in Honduras
    by ALBA Member Countries in the OAS

    By ALBA countries - : September 23, 2009
    Meeting in Washington DC, as representatives to the Organisation of American States (OAS) from member countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for the peoples of Americas (ALBA), we express our condemnation of the massive violation of human rights of the people of Honduras, who, throughout that country are showing their support for the constitutional president of the Republic of Honduras, Jose Manuel Zelaya Rosales, and his return to Tegucigalpa.

  • WSJ on Honduras
    By : September 23, 2009
    The Wall Street Journal has an editorial about the Honduran crisis, blaming the Obama administration for its handling of the situation. That is to be expected from the WSJ editorial board, but it is frustrating to see the same lies (it is too late, I think, to call them misrepresentations, misstatements, errors, or the like because the facts are so well known).

  • UN withdraws from Honduran Elections
    By : September 23, 2009
    UN Secretary Ban Ki-Moon annouced today that the UN would temporarily withdraw its technical support of the Honduran elections scheduled for November 29. The UN will do this because the turmoil there means the elections will not be credible. The technical support in question included training polling station staff and a quick court project. The value of the assistance was $1.3 million.

  • False Dialogue?
    By : September 23, 2009
    Will the real Carlos Lopez Contreras stand up. Last evening, Carlos Lopez Contreras, Foreign Minister for Roberto Micheletti, said "Neither the OAS nor the international community should intervene," that the crisis should be solved by Honduran's using Honduran law. This seems very clear. Its a response to the OAS President José Miguel Insulza's offer to come to Honduras to facilitate dialogue between Micheletti and Zelaya. / However, unreported in Honduras, but reported in the English language press, today Carlos Lopez Contreras "invited a representative group of foreign ministers" from the membership of the OAS, US State Department spokesperson Ian Kelly informes us. These foreign ministers are invited to travel to Tegucigalpa for talks. Ian Kelly says the US "welcomes this announcement and looks forward to supporting that initiative."

  • What Some US Reporters Don't Get About Brazil and the Honduras Crisis
    By Al Giordano - : September 23, 2009
    When Brazilian President Luis Inácio Lula da Silva addressed this morning's UN General Assembly in New York, he said: "Without political will, we will see more coups such as the one that toppled Manuel Zelaya in Honduras." I don't know what is so hard for some observers to understand about that statement, which comes from the elected president of a country that itself was victimized by a military coup d'etat in 1964. Brazil, like every other democracy on the planet, has a legitimate self interest in making sure that no military coup succeeds, especially in its own hemisphere.

  • Analysis–Brazil's risky role in Honduras crisis
    By Raymond Colitt - : September 23, 2009
    Brazil may not have invited ousted Honduran president Manuel Zelaya to take refuge in its embassy there, but opening its door to him is a high-risk bet that could harm its regional leadership ambitions.

  • Honduras Curfew Costs Economy $50 Million Daily, Canahuati Says
    By Blake Schmidt and Andres R. Martinez - : September 23, 2009
    Honduras's nationwide curfew is costing the Central American nation's economy $50 million a day, said Jesus Canahuati, vice president of the nation's chapter of the Business Council of Latin America.

  • Coupists Want to Kill Me, Zelaya
    By : September 23, 2009
    Honduran Constitutional President Manuel Zelaya slammed the existence of a plan by the de facto regime of assaulting the Brazilian embassy in this capital to capture and kill him.

  • Brazil president asks for Zelaya's return to Honduran Presidency
    By : September 23, 2009
    Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva called on Wednesday for the return of Honduras' deposed President Manuel Zelaya to his position. In an applauded speech in the UN General Assembly, the Brazilian president said that the international community demands Zelaya's return to the Honduran Presidency. He also alerted that the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa, where the deposed president is staying since Monday, is inviolable.

  • Curfew-trapped Hondurans seek food amid crisis
    By Mark Stevenson, AP - : September 23, 2009
    Hungry Hondurans scrambled through looted stores and lined up for food on Wednesday during a break in a long curfew called to halt violence that erupted with the return of the country's deposed leftist president.

  • Spinning resistance as vandalism
    By : September 23, 2009
    Listening to Radio Globo, it is clear that across the country, people have decided to defy the curfew and go out, even at night, to reclaim their country from the de facto regime and its military suppression of the right of free circulation and free association.

  • Honduras Updates: "There is a people's insurrection"
    By Federico Fuentes - : September 23, 2009
    Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, overthrown in a military coup on June 28 and currently in the Brazilian embassy in the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa, has told Telesur TV that the coup regime is planning to take over the Brazilian embassy at 11pm Honduran-time. He says they plan to assassinate him.

  • The Beginning of the Fall of the Hondruan Military Coup
    By Carlos Marentes - : September 23, 2009
    Tonight, the heroic Honduran resistance, represented by thousands of workers, peasants, women, teachers, indigenous and afro-descendent people, students, human rights activists, and people in general, is outside the Embassy of Brazil. Inside the embassy, President Manuel Zelaya, who returned surreptitiously to Honduras in the morning, after a 15-hour trek, has already declared: "From now on, nobody will take us out of here, for this reason our position is homeland, reinstatement or death..."

  • Honduras: Women's group says airports are closed
    By : September 23, 2009
    While President Manuel Zelaya is calling for dialogue and urging the population in resistance to the coup to take peaceful action, the de facto government – presided over by Roberto Michelleti – just minutes before 4 p.m., Sept. 21, decreed a national curfew taking effect at 4 p.m. and lasting until 7 a.m. the following day.

  • Ongoing violence in Honduras recalls Pinochet's Chile
    By : September 23, 2009
    Amid ongoing violence in Honduras, police are reportedly torturing people at a national stadium. Many see in this situation memories of Augusto Pinochet's regime, says Adrienne Pine of American University in Cairo.

  • President Zelaya and the Audacity of Action
    By Amy Goodman - : September 23, 2009
    Manuel Zelaya, the democratically elected president of Honduras, is back in his country after being deposed in a military coup June 28. Zelaya appeared there unexpectedly Monday morning, announcing his presence in Tegucigalpa, the capital, from within the Brazilian Embassy, where he has taken refuge. Hondurans immediately began flocking to the embassy to show their support. Zelaya's bold move occurs during a critical week, with world leaders gathering for the annual United Nations General Assembly, followed by the G-20 meeting of leaders and finance ministers in Pittsburgh. The Obama administration may be forced, finally, to join world opinion in decisively opposing the coup.

  • Honduras government said open to fresh OAS mission
    By : September 23, 2009
    The de facto government of Honduras has signaled it is willing to allow a visit by an Organization of American States mission to try to resolve the crisis brought on by the ouster of President Manuel Zelaya, a U.S. official said on Wednesday.

  • Cuba Monitors Honduras Crisis
    By Circles Robinson - : September 23, 2009
    The Cuban press continues to keep a close watch on events taking place in Honduras. Since the coup on June 28 that ousted President Manuel Zelaya, Cuban authorities have called it a dangerous return to the era of military dictatorships that swept Central and South America.

  • At UN, Brazil's Lula demands Zelaya reinstatement
    By : September 23, 2009
    Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the first world leader to address the U.N. General Assembly, called on Wednesday for ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya to be reinstated. "The international community demands that Mr. Zelaya immediately return to the presidency of his country and must be alert to ensure the inviolability of Brazil's diplomatic mission in the capital of Honduras," Lula said, drawing applause. / Earlier, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a close ally of the leftist Zelaya, said the United Nations should demand that the deposed president be reinstated.

  • Brazil urges action on Honduras
    By BBC - : September 23, 2009
    Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva says the international community demands the reinstatement of ousted Honduran leader Manuel Zelaya.

  • Deposed Honduran President Holed Up In Embassy
    By Jason Beaubien - : September 23, 2009
    Brazil's government has asked the U.N. Security Council to convene an emergency meeting to take up the crisis in Honduras.

  • The One-Sided War on the Streets of Honduras
    By Jeremy Kryt - : September 23, 2009
    "They're the Only Ones Using Violence," Human Rights Leader Bertha Oliva Observes of the Coup Regime on Day Two of Zelaya's Return
    Government forces attacked a peaceful crowd outside the Brazilian Embassy Tuesday morning, in an apparent attempt to dispel support for deposed President Mel Zelaya. Mr. Zelaya had returned to the country on Monday after almost three months in exile.

  • Spoiling Manuel Zelaya's homecoming
    By Mark Weisbrot - : September 23, 2009
    The US should not stand by while the coup government in Honduras brutally cracks down on Manuel Zelaya's supporters
    Now that Manuel Zelaya has returned to Honduras, the coup government – after first denying that he was there – has unleashed a wave of repression to prevent people from gathering support for their elected president. / This is how US secretary of state Hillary Clinton described the first phase of this new repression Monday night in a press conference: "I think that the government imposed a curfew, we just learned, to try to get people off the streets so that there couldn't be unforeseen developments." / But the developments that this dictatorship is trying to repress are very much foreseen.

  • Zelaya standoff continues in Honduras
    By : September 23, 2009
    The Honduran authorities have cut off water, electricity and telephone connections to the country's Brazilian Embassy, where former President Manuel Zelaya is taking refuge.

  • Honduras wakes up to curfew as Zelaya returns
    By : September 23, 2009
    Tegucigalpa, capital of Honduras, woke up desolate on Tuesday morning with schools closed, few cars on the streets and no flights landing in the airport after the government imposed a round-the-clock curfew. People living in the city started to buy food and fuel supplies after the decree was announced on Monday afternoon. They also bought candles for a possible blackout.

  • Freedom of the press
    By : September 23, 2009
    Glancing through La Prensa, a pro-coup newspaper, I laughed to myself as I read this story. The curfew is paralyzing the country, the police made sure that La Prensa was distributed. Hondurans were therefore able to read about what a great job the police are doing in calmly combating the crazed Zelaya terrorists.

  • Canada calls for 'negotiated solution' to Honduras crisis
    By AFP - : September 23, 2009
    Canada said Wednesday it is concerned by violence in Honduras after the return of ousted President Manuel Zelaya, and again urged a "negotiated solution" to the nation's political crisis. 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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