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Honduras Coup - Day 94 - September 29, 2009

  • Venezuela to OAS:
    Increase International Pressure on the Honduran Dictatorship

    By Kiraz Janicke - - : September 29, 2009
    Venezuela's Ambassador to the Organisation of American States (OAS), Roy Chaderton Matos, criticised the OAS in Washington Monday for its "cautious and moderate" stance towards the coup regime of Roberto Micheletti in Honduras.

  • Second Coup Fails, as Lonely Oligarch Plots Third Honduran Coup of 2009
    By Al Giordano - : September 29, 2009
    Facusse's proposal is in effect on behalf of The Third Coup, or at least a trial balloon toward its attempt. But beyond its whacky proposals above, The Third Coup has an even more fatal flaw: It was developed in a back room by rich and powerful magnates, without so much a consulting, much less dialoging with, a single worker, or farmer, or student, much less their organizations that represent the great mass of the mobilized Honduran people. For it is their power from below that has prevented both malicious coups this year from triumphing. No regime - not any more - can hold on to power in Honduras unless it sufficiently satisfies the amalgam of social movements that are now popularly referred to as The Resistance.

  • The sordid history of Lewis Amselem, Deputy U.S. Permanent Representative to the OAS
    By Jean-Guy Allard - : September 29, 2009
    Lewis Amselem, the head of the U.S. delegation to the Organization of American States (OAS), who called President Manuel Zelaya's return to his country "irresponsible" and "foolish" was denounced years ago for having concealed the identities of individuals, one of whom was a U.S. national, who tortured and raped a U.S. nun in Guatemala.

  • Freedom for Agustina Flores, Tortured Teacher
    By : September 29, 2009
    Teacher Agustina Flores is also a reporter for Radio Liberada, and was, according to the radio, "savagely beaten" while transmitting her morning report for them. See the beginning of her arrest on Jesse Freeston's most recent video, around 49 seconds in.

  • More Media Threatened
    By : September 29, 2009
    La Tribuna reports in its Minuto a Minuto column, that the head of the southern region of the National Police, Danilo Valladares, confirmed late this evening that two radio stations in Choluteca, and another two in Valle could be suspended for violating PCM-M-016-2009, the de facto government decree that was used to shut down Radio Globo and Cholusat Sur in Tegucigalpa. This is the same decree that Micheletti promised to rescind, only he's delaying until every contrary voice is silenced.

  • Chemical weapons violate Geneva Convention
    By : September 29, 2009
    The use of chemical, electromagnetic and sonic weapons by the security forces of the de facto regime, specifically those used in the Brazilian Embassy, are prohibited by the Geneva Convention of 1997. / The parabolic dish the coup "security" forces directed against the resistance is apparently known as HSS (Hyper Sonic Sound). This has been used by the U.S. Army in Iraq since 2004, and the Israeli Zionist army in 2005 in the Gaza Strip.

  • Business proposes a solution
    By : September 29, 2009
    Tiempo reports Adolfo Facussť, leader of ANDI, an association of businessment, today shared with the AFP details of a plan proposed to end the crisis in Honduras. Facussť told the AFP it calls for Zelaya's restoral, but that he submit himself immediately for trial on the charges filed against him. Micheletti would return to Congress, but not as its president, just a regular congressperson. "We'll give him an important chair (chairmanship of a committee?, "curul vitalica")." To assure enforcement, we'd ask for a multinational force of military or police from Canada, Panama, and Columbia.

  • Zelaya calls for protests against clampdown
    By AFP - : September 29, 2009
    Pressure mounted Tuesday on leaders of the coup-backed regime in Honduras to revoke a decree curbing civil rights, as ousted President Manuel Zelaya called for protests against the clampdown.

  • Business Leader, Adolfo Facusse, Has Plan to End Crisis Which Includes Multinational Troops
    By : September 29, 2009
    Below is an article in Spanish about the latest consensus in the Honduran business community for resolving the country's crisis. Adolfo Facusse spoke on behalf of a group of business people today to share the details. It involves Zelaya's reinstatement but under very severe restrictions, Micheletti's return to Congress and a mulinational military of 3,000 (probably UN) (he also mentioned the possibility of using police from Canada, Panama, and Colombia) to guarantee that any accord that might be drawn up between the two sides is properly observed.

  • Nicaragua Warns UN about Plan to Assassinate Zelaya
    By : September 29, 2009
    Samuel Santos, Nicaragua's Foreign Affairs Minister, warned at the United Nations this Tuesday about plans to assassinate Honduran constitutional president Manuel Zelaya, who is a guest at the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa.

  • US Ambassador Lew Amselem: A Ghoul from Horror Films Past
    By Al Giordano - : September 29, 2009
    When a little over a week ago, Honduras' elected president Manuel Zelaya landed in Tegucigalpa at the Brazilian embassy, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called it an "opportune" moment for the "dialogue" she'd been urging all summer.

  • Honduras regime wavers amid international uproar
    By AFP - : September 29, 2009
    Honduran de facto leaders pledged to reconsider a clampdown on rights and resume mediation efforts, as deposed President Manuel Zelaya appealed for help from the United Nations.

  • Honduras De Facto Regime Invites Back Ousted OAS Mediators
    By AFP - : September 29, 2009
    The de facto regime in Honduras on Monday invited back members of a mediation mission from the Organization of American States it had expelled the previous day, amid widespread condemnation of its increasingly heavy-handed tactics.

  • Minister defends asylum for daughter of deposed Honduran president
    By : September 29, 2009
    Taiwan's embassy in Honduras provided temporary political asylum to the youngest daughter of deposed Honduran President Manuel Zelaya out of humanitarian concern, Foreign Minister Timothy C.T. Yang acknowledged Tuesday.

  • Honduras decree
    By : September 29, 2009
    According to the NYT, after receiving criticism from all sides, including the Honduran Congress, Roberto Micheletti says he will ask the Supreme Court to lift the decree. The pro-coup paper El Heraldo says the same. The legislative leadership has apparently said it would not approve the decree. / So the executive issues a decree, but needs the Supreme Court to lift it?

  • The Curious History of PCM-M-016-2009
    By : September 29, 2009
    This controversial decree, PCM-M-016-2009, rescinding constitutional guarantees for Hondurans for 45 days has a curious history first noted by the Spanish paper, El Pais. The decree was passed, according to La Gaceta, on 22 September, just one day after Zelaya came back into the country. However it was not published in La Gaceta until Saturday, September 26. For 4 days it was kept secret. Indeed, by publishing it on a Saturday, few had access to it over the weekend.

  • Honduran Resistance under Siege
    By : September 29, 2009
    The National Front against the coup d'etat stated that demonstrations for restoring constitutional order will continue Tuesday in the country, despite the suspension of guarantees established by the Constitution.

  • Internal Pressure Forces Honduran Coup Regime to Reverse Civil Liberties Crackdown, But Repression Continues
    By : September 29, 2009
    The Honduran coup regime has been forced to reverse a harsh crackdown on civil liberties amidst growing protests for the restoration of the ousted President Manuel Zelaya. But Honduran forces still blocked a large protest march and shut down two media outlets that have criticized the coup regime.

  • U.S. to Honduras: End emergency decree now
    By CNN - : September 29, 2009
    The U.S. State Department is calling on Honduras' de facto president to immediately rescind an emergency decree that limits constitutional rights such as freedoms of expression, travel and public congregation.

  • U.S. Won't Recognize Honduras Election Without End to Crisis
    By Indira A.R. Lakshmanan - : September 29, 2009
    The U.S. won't recognize a scheduled November election in Honduras without a resolution to the political crisis that began with a coup that ousted President Manuel Zelaya in June, a State Department aide said.

  • Chronology: Zelaya's struggle to regain power
    By Mark Stevenson, AP - : September 29, 2009
    Ousted Honduran president Manuel Zelaya has struggled to recover power for three months since the military and opposition forced him into exile in a coup on June 28.

  • Hondurans weary after 3 months of coup dispute
    By Mark Stevenson, AP - : September 29, 2009
    Honduras' interim president promised to restore civil liberties and allow an Organization of American States mediation team into the country, quickly backpedalling from tough measures amid criticism from his own allies that he had gone too far in his fight to stay in power.

  • Guatemala condemns attacks on journalists in Honduras
    By : September 29, 2009
    The Guatemalan government on Monday condemned attacks on Guatemalan journalists by Honduran police and the interim Honduran government's closure of a radio station and a TV channel, local media reported.

  • We are Idiots
    By : September 29, 2009
    Yesterday in the OAS session about Honduras, the backup US ambassador to the OAS, Lew Anselem, and Bush era appointment, said "Zelaya's return to Honduras is irresponsible and foolish and it doesn't serve to the interests of the people nor those who seek the restoration of democratic order in Honduras. Everyone will be better if all parties refrain from provoking or inciting violence." He also said of Zelaya, "The president should stop acting as though he were starring in an old movie." / The "foolish" comment became translated in Spanish as "idiot" in all the Honduran press and was widely covered. It has done irreparable harm to the US message in Honduras, if their desire, as stated, is a return to democracy. 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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