June 29, 2009 - No. 127
No to the Coup in Honduras!
Restore the Honduran People's Democratically Elected President Manuel
- Communist Party of Canada
(Marxist-Leninist), June 28, 2009 -
Supporters of Honduras'
President Manuel Zelaya block a street to prevent military trucks
from passing near the presidential residency in Tegucigalpa June 28,
• No to the
Coup in Honduras! Restore the Honduran People's Democratically Elected
President Manuel Zelaya! - Communist Party of Canada
• Reflections by Comrade Fidel Castro: A
• News on the Coup
• Commentary and Updates: Venezuelan Journalist
For Your Information
• Statement by Minister of State Kent
No to the Coup in Honduras!
Restore the Honduran People's Democratically Elected President Manuel
- Communist Party of Canada
(Marxist-Leninist), June 28, 2009 -
The Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist)
vehemently denounces the coup d'etat in Honduras carried out
against the democratically elected government of President Manuel
Zelaya. This criminal and anti-democratic act of mutiny by the Honduran
putschists against the civilian authority must
not be permitted to pass! CPC(M-L) calls on the Government of
Canada make a clear statement that it rejects the coup and
that it will only recognize the government of Manuel Zelaya as the sole
representative of the Honduran people.
The coup was carried out in the early morning
of June 28 by members of the Honduran military who surrounded the
president’s residence, disarmed his security and on pain of death flew
him to Costa Rica. A national referendum to convene a constituent
assembly to reform the constitution
had been scheduled for June 28. Already, the military had given
indications of sedition when it declined to obey the civilian authority
and distribute materials for the referendum, resulting on June 24 in
the dismissal of General Romeo Vasquez and the resignation of the
Defense Minister Edmundo Orellana.
CPC(M-L) also denounces the hostile act towards the
governments of Venezuela,
Nicaragua and Cuba, whose ambassadors to Honduras were also kidnapped
by the Honduran military on June 28.
Throughout Latin America, the profound desire of the
peoples to be masters of their own destiny is flourishing in various
ways under favourable conditions created through decades of sacrifice
and dedication, and inspired by the examples of Bolivar, Marti, various
national patriotic traditions and the
internationalist spirit of the Cuban revolution. The hidebound
anti-national and reactionary forces in Honduras and elsewhere in the
Americas believe history has ended and the world is theirs to make.
Thus, while the world changes they can only see their "future" in the
old arrangements of corruption and violence
where the people's will and social organization can be simply undone
with nefarious methods of coups and assassinations. It must
Down with the Coup in Honduras!
Uphold the Sovereign Will of the Honduran People and Their Government!
Canada Must Demand the Immediate Return of President Manuel Zelaya!
Reflections by Comrade Fidel Castro
A Suicidal Mistake
- June 28, 2009
Three days ago, in the evening of Thursday 25th, I wrote
Reflections: "We do not know what will happen tonight or tomorrow in
Honduras, but the courageous behavior adopted by Zelaya will go down in
Two paragraphs before I had indicated that: "The
might result from whatever occurs in that country will be a test for
the OAS and the current U.S. administration."
The prehistoric Inter-American institution met in
following day and in a halfhearted and spiritless resolution promised
to immediately make the necessary efforts to bring about harmony
between the contending parties; that is, a negotiation between the
putschists and the Constitutional
President of Honduras.
The high ranking military chief who was still in command
Honduran Armed Forces was making public statements different from the
President's position while recognizing his authority in a merely formal
The putschists needed barely anything else from the OAS.
couldn't care less for the presence of a large number of international
observers who had traveled to that country to bear witness to a
referendum and who had been talking with Zelaya until late into the
night. Today, before dawn, they launched
on the President's home about 200 well-trained and equipped
professional troops who roughly set aside the members of the Guard of
Honor and kidnapped Zelaya -- who was sleeping at the moment -- taking
him to an air base and forcibly putting him on a plane to Costa Rica.
At 8:30 a.m. we learned from Telesur of the assault on
Presidential House and the kidnapping. The President was unable to
attend the initial activity related to the referendum that was to take
place this Sunday and his whereabouts were unknown.
The official television channel was silenced. They
wanted to prevent
the early spread of the news of the treacherous action through Telesur
and Cubavision Internacional, which were reporting the events.
Therefore, they first suspended the broadcasting centers and then cut
off electricity to the entire
country. At the moment, the Supreme Court and the Congress involved in
the conspiracy had yet to make public the decisions that justified the
plot. They first carried out the indescribable military coup and then
The people woke up to a fait accompli and
started to react
with growing indignation. Zelaya's destination was unknown. Three hours
later the people's reaction was such that we could see women punching
soldiers with their fists and the latter's weapons falling off their
hands as they were
nervous and confused. At the beginning, their movements resembled a
strange combat with ghosts; later, they tried to cover Telesur's
cameras with their hands and nervously aimed their guns at the
reporters. Sometimes, when the people advanced the troops stepped back.
At this point, armored vehicles carrying cannons
and machineguns were sent in as the people fearlessly discussed with
the crews of the armored vehicles. The people's reaction was amazing.
Approximately at 2:00 in the afternoon, a tamed majority
-- in coordination with the putschists -- toppled Zelaya, the
Constitutional President of Honduras, and appointed a new head of State
[president of the Honduran Congress, Roberto
Micheletti], announcing to the world that the former had resigned and
forged signature. A few minutes
later, from an airport in Costa Rica, Zelaya related everything that
had happened and categorically refuted the news about his resignation.
The plotters had placed themselves in a ridiculous situation in the
eyes of the world.
Many other things happened today. Cubavision took all of
its time to expose the coup
and keep our people informed.
Some events were purely fascist in nature and even if
expected they are still astonishing.
Honduran Foreign Minister Patricia Rodas was the
target, second only to Zelaya. Another detachment was sent to her
residence. She was brave and determined, and she acted quickly; she did
not waste time and started denouncing the coup in every way possible.
Our ambassador contacted
Patricia to learn about the situation; other ambassadors did likewise.
At a given moment, she asked the diplomatic representatives of
Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba to meet with her since she was being
fiercely hounded and required diplomatic protection. Our ambassador,
who from the first moments was authorized
to offer the minister all the constitutional and legal support,
proceeded to visit her in her own residence.
When the diplomats were already in her house, the
sent Major Oceguera to put her under arrest. The diplomats stood
between the woman and the officer and claimed she was under diplomatic
protection and could only be moved accompanied by them. Oceguera
discussed with them
in a respectful fashion. A few minutes later, 12 or 15 men in uniform
and covering their faces with ski masks rushed into the house. The
three ambassadors embraced Patricia but the masked men using force
managed to separate the Venezuelan and Nicaraguan ambassadors;
Hernandez held her so strongly by one
arm that the masked men dragged them both to a van and drove to an air
base where they finally separated him and took her away. As he was
there in custody, Bruno [Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parilla], who
had news of the kidnapping called him to
the cell phone; one of the masked men tried to violently snatch the
phone out of his hands and the
Cuban ambassador, who had already been punched in Patricia's home,
shouted: "Don't push me, cojones!" I don't remember if the term was
ever used by Cervantes, but there is no doubt that ambassador Juan
Carlos Hernandez has enriched our language.
Later, he was abandoned in a road far from the Cuban
before being warned that something worse could happen to him if he
talked. "Nothing can be worse than death," he answered with dignity,
"and still I'm not afraid of you." Then people from the area helped him
to return to the embassy
and from there he immediately called Bruno again.
There is no way to negotiate with that putschist high
must be asked to abdicate while other younger officers, uninvolved with
the oligarchy, take charge of the military command; otherwise, there
will never be in Honduras a government "of the people, by the people
and for the people."
There is no hope for the cornered and isolated
putschists if the problem is faced with determination.
Even Mrs. Clinton stated this afternoon that Zelaya is
President of Honduras and the Honduran putschists can't even breathe
without the support of the United States of America.
Zelaya, a man who was in his pyjamas just a few hours
ago, will be
recognized by the world as the only Constitutional President of
Fidel Castro Ruz
June 28, 2009
News on the Coup
Zelaya Confirms He Is in Costa Rica
President of Honduras Manuel Zelaya confirmed he is in
Costa Rica, as he was kidnapped by Honduran military officers, who
dragged him from his residence.
During a telephone contact with [Venezuelan TV network]
Telesur, Zelaya made clear he continues in his post, he did not request
political asylum and intends to attend a meeting of Central American
presidents scheduled for Managua, Nicaragua, to condemn the coup
in his nation and demand
the restoration of constitutional order.
Zelaya called on the Honduran people, their social
organizations and unions to unite and fight peacefully for their
rights, without violence, through civil disobedience.
"The leaders of the armed forces have deceived me, they
have offended me, they stormed my house early morning, breaking the
door," he explained. "It is a brutal kidnapping that they have done
against me, with no justification but our desire to do good to Honduras
and install a participative democratic
Manuel Zelaya (left) with Costa Rican President Oscar Arias during a
news conference at Juan Santamaria airport in Alajuela, Costa Rica,
June 28, 2009.
He said that today "we were scheduled to carry out a
non-binding referendum, as any other international pollster usually
The objective was to know the people's opinion about the
possibility to vote in November in favour or against convening a
Constituent Assembly in the future and reform the Constitution.
This cannot justify the interruption of democracy or the
coup, stated Zelaya.
We have no way to communicate with the people because
radio and TV broadcasts were shut down, and they cut the power, he
The people has the right to resist if their rights are
violated, as established in article three of the Constitution, he noted.
In Zelaya's opinion, the coup has been
perpetrated by a voracious elite with power, influence in the State and
in the national economy, a small group that is distant from the stand
of many Armed Forces soldiers and officers.
Hondurans Urged to Resist Coup
People cast symbolic
votes as a show of support for Honduras' President Manuel Zelaya on the
streets near the presidential residency in Tegucigalpa. Honduras, June
28, 2009. One man shows
his identity card after
Speaking to Venezuelan TV network Telesur prior to being
Foreign Minister Patricia
Rodas called on the people to take to the streets to resist the coup
perpetrated against President Manuel Zelaya.
Only the people's struggle will make the return to
institutional normalcy possible, said Rodas, who accused the National
Congress and the Armed Forces of being behind the coup and
threatening the life of the president.
In remarks to Telesur, the top Honduran diplomat held
responsible the powerful groups who own the media, especially president
of Congress Roberto Micheletti.
She also confirmed that in her capacity as Foreign
minister, she officially requested an urgent meeting of the Permanent
Council of the Organization of American States to condemn the coup
and adopt measures to restore constitutional order:
"From the OAS we will only accept as valid its
condemnation of seditious forces plotting against the rule of law and
the people, and the demand to return to constitutional normalcy and
return the kidnapped president home.
"We hope the OAS won't turn its back on the Honduran
people as has happened in the past and fails to recognize any other
government that they may try to establish illegally here.
"Under no circumstance will we allow the coup;
the people will resort to the constitutional prerogative to do battle
when their rights are violated.
All radio stations and other media were shut down by the
plotters, who also cut the power in the city, she said. They are trying
to make people believe that nothing has happened; not a single media
organization owned by the oligarchy is broadcasting information of what
is being going on, she added.
The people continue taking to the streets, as it is
there where we will wage popular resistance, she said.
Rodas said that helicopters and planes were flying over
the capital,to terrify the people, and there was fear that telephone
communications might be shut down too; we are trying to contact
embassies, but it has not been possible so far, she said.
The U.S. Embassy was not answering calls or making any
comment, added Rodas.
Prensa Latina reported that TV Channel 36, Channel 8,
Maya TV and several radio stations were shut down. Just seconds before
TV broadcast was lost, the Channel 8 news presenter requested the
people to gather at La Libertad square to defend their president.
Venezuelan, Cuban, and Nicaraguan Ambassadors to
Following the kidnapping of President Zelaya, Honduran
military personnel also kidnapped the ambassadors of
Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua in Honduras, along with the Honduran
Foreign Relations Minister Patricia Rodas, according to Venezuela's
ambassador to the Organization
of American States (OAS), Roy Chaderton.
Chaderton made the announcement just before noon on
Sunday during an emergency meeting of the OAS in Washington that was
convened to respond to the military coup d'etat underway in
"Excuse the interruption, it is an urgent matter. I have
just received information in this moment that the ambassadors of
Nicaragua, Cuba, Venezuela, and Foreign Relations Minister Patricia
Rodas have been kidnapped by a group of hooded military agents," said
Rodas confirmed the kidnapping in a hurried phone call
to the Caracas-based television channel Telesur as the kidnapping was
underway, according to Telesur.
Caracas, Venezuela, June
28, 2009: Demonstrators hold a placard as they
take part in a show of support for
Honduras' President Manuel Zelaya
outside the Honduran embassy. The placard reads: "Hondurans, do not let
them (succeed in the coup)."
Chavez on Sunday put his troops on alert over a coup in Honduras.
OAS Calls Urgent Meeting on Honduras
The Organization of American States called an urgent
meeting of its Permanent Council on Sunday to discuss the coup
d'etat in Honduras, where a group of military officers kidnapped
President Manuel Zelaya.
The meeting, convened by OAS Secretary General José
Miguel Insulza, was scheduled for 15:00 local time.
UN Condemns Coup in Honduras
UN General Assembly President and former Nicarguan
foreign minister Miguel D'Escoto, condemned on June 28 in a clear,
and sharp manner the coup against the Honduran constitutional
president Manuel Zelaya. D'Escoto has summoned an immediate meeting of
his crisis cabinet for an urgent
meeting in his office at the UN to evaluate the current situation in
the Central American nation, his official spokesperson, Enrique Yeves
told Prensa Latina.
"The situation is worrying because unfortunately in
Latin America we still recall the sound of sabres in the barracks,"
according to D'Escoto's statements quoted by Yeves.
Expressing his deep concern over the way rule of law was
being violated, the President of the General Assembly said, "That is a
reality which we thought was ousted in the 21st Century and,
nevertheless, these incidents in Honduras indicate the contrary." He
also demanded that the physical security
of President Zelaya be ensured.
D'Escoto's official spokesperson also pointed out that
the General Assembly crisis cabinet condemns any destabilizing attempt
against people's sovereignty in Honduras.
The President of the UN General Assembly said everything
possible must be done so that Honduras returns to democratic normality,
legality is respected in that country and above all the popular
decision to affirm democratic rights is not stopped. He called upon the
presidents of Central America, Latin
America, the Caribbean and the world to "immediately speak out against
the attempted coup and in solidarity with the constitutional
president of Honduras."
U.S. Urged to Condemn Coup in Honduras
D'Escoto also called on U.S. President Barack Obama to
immediately condemn the military coup. In his appeal to
Obama, D'Escoto referred to the U.S. president's statements in the
recent Summit of the Americas regarding his new Latin America
policy. "Many are wondering whether this attempted coup is part of that
new policy, given that it is well known that the Honduran army has a
history of total submission to the United States," the General Assembly
That is why it is essential that Obama -- in order to
leave no room for doubt -- immediately condemn the coup being carried
out against President Zelaya, D'Escoto said. The "only solution to the
current crisis is to immediately restore Zelaya to his office and the
powers that popular sovereignty has
granted him through the ballot box," he said, adding that "no other
alternative would be acceptable to the international community."
European Union Condemns Military Coup in Honduras
The European Union is condemning the military coup
in Honduras and calling for the immediate return of the deposed
president. A statement released by the EU's 27 foreign ministers
described the overthrow of Zelaya as an "unacceptable
violation of the constitutional order in Honduras."
The statement says the bloc wants his immediate release
and "a return to constitutional normality."
Non-Aligned Movement Statement - June 28, 2009
The Chair of the Coordinating Bureau of the Non-Aligned
(NAM), expresses its strongest denunciation and condemnation of the
brutal coup d'état carried
out in the early hours of this morning
against the Constitutional President of the Republic of Honduras, a
sister nation that is full member of
President Manuel Zelaya, legitimately elected by the
people, was brutally kidnapped by a group of pro-coup military and
expelled from the country, in an attempt to prevent, through violence,
the realization of the democratic referendum to be held today in the
Republic of Honduras.
Likewise, the Chair of the Coordinating Bureau denounces
kidnapping of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of
Honduras, H.E. Mrs. Patricia Rodas, and demands her immediate release
and respect for her personal safety and integrity. The Armed Forces of
that country are responsible
for the life and dignity of the Foreign Minister.
The Chair of the Coordinating Bureau condemns also the
against several Ambassadors accredited to Honduras, including the
Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba, who were kidnapped and beaten, by
those who took part in the coup.
The Chair of the Coordinating Bureau strongly calls upon
countries, international organizations and other members of the
international community, to firmly condemn the military coup d'état
and call for the reinstatement of the Rule of Law in the Republic of
Honduras, including the return and
full reinstatement of its legitimate and constitutional President Mr.
José Manuel Zelaya.
New York, 28 June 2009
Venezuelan Foreign Minister: Latin America Has to
Defeat of the Coup in Honduras -
Venezuelan Foreign Ministry, June 28, 2009
Venezuelan foreign minister, Nicolás Maduro Moros, said
Miraflores Presidential Palace, that Latin America must guarantee the
defeat of the coup d'etat against the President of Honduras
Manuel Zelaya and try those responsible.
"Latin America has to guarantee the defeat of this coup
d'etat and also has to demand, without conditions, the reestablishment
of President Manuel Zelaya and ensure justice is done to the fullest
extent so that the rabid ultra-right gets a clear message, that they
cannot take swipes at the democratic
processes that the people are carrying forward," Foreign Minister
Minister Maduro said that it is clear that those
responsible for this military coup,
"those who have not shown their faces, but who will be discovered in
the end, should be submitted to international justice for violating the
democratic Charter and the constitutional rights of the Honduran
"Sooner or later," the Venezuelan foreign minister
people accompanied by the governments of Latin America and the
Caribbean are going to defeat this coup, fomented by these
fascists who kidnapped president Zelaya, and his principle
collaborators and who continue to hold
captive the [Honduran] foreign minister Patricia Rodas."
The Venezuelan diplomat announced that today had been a
intense consultation in order to convoke various international
scenarios, where the situation could be analyzed, among those, a
meeting of member countries of the Rio Group, "we have direct contact
with the foreign ministers from Central
America and of the Bolivarian Alliance for Our Americas (ALBA), as well
as diverse political and social actors in Honduras. We know that the
people remain in the streets in a very valiant manner, resisting,
confronting this coup d'etat that is a direct expression of
the oligarchy and [private] media."
He stressed that a Venezuelan commission has been
activated in Costa
Rica supporting the president of Honduras Manuel Zelaya, "we are in
contact for the convocation of this Presidential Summit in Managua that
is going to coincide with the summit of the System of Central American
The Venezuelan foreign minister emphasized that the
media is justifying the coup, "today they [the media] awoke
in silence so that no one would be informed [of the coup]. It
was [the Venezuelan-based] Telesur, that broke the media dictatorship,
the media dictators of the Honduran
oligarchy and the continental oligarchy tried to impose silence."
"We remain in contact with, we have spoken recently with
from Chile and with other parliamentarians who are observers in the
poll [in Honduras], and they told us that people continue voting until
late afternoon hours as a form of expression and of support for the
democracy of president
Zelaya," he said. He pointed out that there is a large concentration in
front of the Honduran presidential palace, "the rumours are running
that they are going to decree a state of siege, but the people of
Honduras are disposed to confront all the measures that this rookie
dictatorship aims to impose."
Commentary and Updates from
Venezuelan Journalist Eva Golinger
June 28, 2009, Caracas,
-- The text message that beeped on my cell phone this morning read
"Alert, Zelaya has been kidnapped, coup d'etat underway in
Honduras, spread the word." It's a rude awakening for a Sunday morning,
especially for the millions of Hondurans that were preparing to
exercise their sacred right to vote today for the first time on a
consultative referendum concerning the future convening of a
constitutional assembly to reform the constitution. Supposedly at the
center of the controversy is today's scheduled referendum, which is not
a binding vote but merely an opinion poll to determine
whether or not a majority of Hondurans desire to eventually enter into
a process to modify their constitution.
Such an initiative has never taken place in the Central
American nation, which has a very limited constitution that allows
minimal participation by the people of Honduras in their political
processes. The current constitution, written in 1982 during the height
of the Reagan Administration's dirty war
in Central America, was designed to ensure those in power, both
economic and political, would retain it with little interference from
the people. Zelaya, elected in November 2005 on the platform of
Honduras' Liberal Party, had proposed the opinion poll be conducted to
determine if a majority of citizens agreed that
constitutional reform was necessary. He was backed by a majority of
labor unions and social movements in the country. If the poll had
occured, depending on the results, a referendum would have been
conducted during the upcoming elections in November to vote on
convening a constitutional assembly. Nevertheless,
today's scheduled poll was not binding by law.
In fact, several days before the poll was to occur,
Honduras' Supreme Court ruled it illegal, upon request by the Congress,
both of which are led by anti-Zelaya majorities and members of the
ultra-conservative party, National Party of Honduras (PNH). This move
led to massive protests in the streets
in favor of President Zelaya. On June 24, the president fired the head
of the high military command, General Romeo Vásquez, after he refused
to allow the military to distribute the electoral material for Sunday's
elections. General Romeo Vásquez held the material under tight military
control, refusing to release it
even to the president's followers, stating that the scheduled
referendum had been determined illegal by the Supreme Court and
therefore he could not comply with the president's order. As in the
Unted States, the president of Honduras is Commander in Chief and has
the final say on the military's actions, and so he
ordered the General's removal. The Minister of Defense, Angel Edmundo
Orellana, also resigned in response to this increasingly tense
But the following day, Honduras' Supreme Court
reinstated General Romeo Vásquez to the high military command, ruling
his firing as "unconstitutional'. Thousands poured into the streets of
Honduras' capital, Tegucigalpa, showing support for President Zelaya
and evidencing their determination to
ensure Sunday's non-binding referendum would take place. On Friday, the
president and a group of hundreds of supporters, marched to the nearby
air base to collect the electoral material that had been previously
held by the military. That evening, Zelaya gave a national press
conference along with a group of politicians
from different political parties and social movements, calling for
unity and peace in the country.
As of Saturday, the situation in Honduras was reported
as calm. But early Sunday morning, a group of approximately 60 armed
soldiers entered the presidential residence and took Zelaya hostage.
After several hours of confusion, reports surfaced claiming the
president had been taken to a nearby air
force base and flown to neighboring Costa Rica.[...]
President Zelaya's wife, Xiomara Castro de Zelaya,
speaking live on Telesur at approximately 10:00am Caracas time,
denounced that in early hours of Sunday morning, the soldiers stormed
their residence, firing shots throughout the house, beating and then
taking the president. "It was an act of cowardice,"
said the first lady, referring to the illegal kidnapping occuring
during a time when no one would know or react until it was all over.
Castro de Zelaya also called for the "preservation" of her husband's
life [...] and made a call for the international community to denounce
this illegal coup d'etat and to act
rapidly to reinstate constitutional order in the country, which
includes the rescue and return of the democratically elected Zelaya.
Presidents Evo Morales of Bolivia and Hugo Chávez of
Venezuela both made public statements on Sunday morning condeming the
d'etat in Honduras and calling on the international community to
react to ensure democracy is restored and the constitutional president
is reinstated. Last
Wednesday, June 24, an extraordinary meeting of the member nations of
the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA), of which Honduras
is a member, was convened in Venezuela to welcome Ecuador, Antigua
& Barbados and St. Vincent to its ranks. During the meeting, which
was attended by Honduras'
Foreign Minister, Patricia Rodas, a statement was read supporting
President Zelaya and condenming any attempts to undermine his mandate
and Honduras' democratic processes.
Reports coming out of Honduras have informed that the
public television channel, Canal 8, has been shut down by the coup
forces. Just minutes ago, Telesur announced that the military in
Honduras is shutting down all electricity throughout the country. Those
television and radio stations
still transmitting are not reporting the coup d'etat or the
kidnapping of President Zelaya, according to Foreign Minister Patricia
Rodas. "Telephones and electricity are being cut off," confirmed Rodas
just minutes ago via Telesur. "The media are showing cartoons and soap
operas and are not informing
the people of Honduras about what is happening." The situation is
eerily reminiscent of the April 2002 coup d'etat against
President Chávez in Venezuela, when the media played a key role by
first manipulating information to support the coup and then
later blacking out all information when
the people began protesting and eventually overcame and defeated the
forces, rescuing Chávez (who had also been kidnapped by the military)
and restoring constitutional order.
Honduras is a nation that has been the victim of
dictatorships and massive U.S. intervention during the past century,
including several military invasions. The last major U.S. government
intervention in Honduras occured during the 1980s, when the Reagain
Administration funded death squads and
paramilitaries to eliminate any potential "communist threats" in
Central America. At the time, John Negroponte, was the U.S. Ambassador
in Honduras and was responsible for directly funding and training
Honduran death squads that were responsable for thousands of
disappeared and assassinated throughout the region.
On Friday, the Organization of American States (OAS),
convened a special meeting to discuss the crisis in Honduras, later
issuing a statement condeming the threats to democracy and authorizing
a convoy of representatives to travel to investigate further.
Nevertheless, on Friday, Assistant Secretary
of State of the United States, Phillip J. Crowley, refused to clarify
the U.S. government's position in reference to the potential coup
against President Zelaya, and instead issued a more ambiguous statement
that implied Washington's support for the opposition to the Honduran
president. While most other
Latin American governments had clearly indicated their adamant
condemnation of the coup plans underway in Honduras and their
solid support for Honduras' constitutionally elected president, Manual
Zelaya, the U.S. spokesman stated the following, "We are concerned
about the breakdown in the political
dialogue among Honduran politicians over the proposed June 28 poll on
constitutional reform. We urge all sides to seek a consensual
democratic resolution in the current political impasse that adheres to
the Honduran constitution and to Honduran laws consistent with the
principles of the Inter-American Democratic
[... Honduras] is highly dependent on the U.S. economy,
which ensures one of its top sources of income, the monies sent from
Hondurans working in the U.S. under the "temporary protected status"
program that was implemented during Washington's dirty war in the 1980s
as a result of massive immigration
to U.S. territory to escape the war zone. Another major source of
funding in Honduras is USAID, providing over U.S.$ 50 millon annually for
"democracy promotion" programs, which generally supports NGOs and
political parties favorable to U.S. interests, as has been the case in
Venezuela, Bolivia and other nations
in the region. The Pentagon also maintains a military base in Honduras
in Soto Cano, equipped with approximately 500 troops and numerous air
force combat planes and helicopters.
[...] The modus
operandi of the coup makes clear that Washington is
involved. Neither the Honduran military, which is majority trained by
U.S. forces, nor the political and economic elite, would act to oust a
democratically elected president without the backing and support of the
President Zelaya has increasingly come under attack by the conservative
forces in Honduras for his growing relationship with the ALBA
countries, and particularly Venezuela and President Chávez. Many
believe the coup has been executed as a method of ensuring
Honduras does not continue to unify
with the more leftist and socialist countries in Latin America.
As of 11:15am, Caracas time, President
Zelaya is speaking live on Telesur from San Jose, Costa Rica. He has
verified the soldiers entered his residence in the early morning hours,
firing guns and threatening to kill him and his family if he resisted
the coup. He was
forced to go with the soldiers who took him to the air base and flew
him to Costa Rica. He has requested the U.S. Government make a public
statement condemning the coup, otherwise, it will indicate
12:00 noon: The Organization of
American States is meeting in an emergency session in Washington
concerning the situation in Honduras and the kidnapping of Honduras'
president. Venezuelan Ambassador to the OAS, Roy Chaderton, just
announced that the ambassadors of
Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua in Honduras have just been kidnapped
along with Foreign Minister Patricia Rodas, and are being beaten by
Honduran military forces.
President Obama has made a statement regarding his
"concern" for the situation in Honduras and a call to all political
leaders and parties to "respect democratic norms." However, this
statement is NOT a clear condemnation of the coup d'etat that
has taken place during the early morning
hours on Sunday. Nor did Obama indicate, as other countries have done,
that Washington would not recognize any other government in Honduras
other than the elected government of Manual Zelaya.
Opposition forces in Honduras, led by a U.S.-funded NGO
Grupo Paz y Democracia, have stated via CNN that a coup has
not ocurred, but rather a "transition" to democracy. Martha Diaz,
coordinator of the NGO, which receives USAID funding, has just declared
minutes ago on CNN that
"civil society" does not support President Zelaya nor his "illegal
quest" to hold a non-binding referendum on a potential future
constitutional reform. She justified his kidnapping, beating and
removal from power as a "democratic transition." Again, this is eerily
reminiscent of the coup d'etat in Venezuela
in April 2002, when so-called "civil society" along with dissident
military forces kidnapped President Chávez and installed a "transition
government." The groups involved also received funding from the U.S.
government, primarily via the National Endowment for Democracy (NED)
and later from USAID as well.
CNN en Español, Telesur, and other international
television stations reporting on the situation in Honduras have been
removed from the airways in the Central American nation. The
whereabouts of the Foreign Minister and the ambassadors of Venezuela,
Bolivia and Nicaragua are still unknown. OAS
General Secretary José Miguel Insulze has announced he will travel
immediately to Honduras to investigate the situation. President Chávez
of Venezuela has also announced an emergency meeting of ALBA nations in
Managua, Nicaragua, as soon as this evening.
12:18pm -- Dan Restrepo, Presidential
Advisor to President Obama for Latin American Affairs, is currently on
CNN en Español. He has just stated that Obama's government is
communicating with the coup forces in Honduras, trying to
"feel out" the situation. He also
responded to the reporter's question regarding whether Washington would
recognize a government in Honduras other than President Zelaya's
elected government, by saying that the Obama Administration "is waiting
to see how things play out" and so long as democratic norms are
respected, will work with all sectors.
This is a confirmation practically of support for the coup
leaders. Restrepo also inferred that other countries are interfering in
Honduras' international affairs, obviously referring to Venezuela and
other ALBA nations who have condemned the coup with firm
statements earlier this morning.
If Obama Does Not Refuse to Recognize Coup Leaders then U.S.
Approving Military Coup
AS of this time, late Sunday afternoon, after the
has illegally removed President Zelaya from power and violently
kidnapped and forced him into exile in Costa Rica, the Obama
Administration has STILL NOT stated that it WILL NOT recognize any
other president of Honduras other than
the democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya.
All of the nations in the region have made clear that
they will only
recognize President Zelaya as the legitimate president of Honduras.
Even the United Nations and European Community have made clear the same
sentiment. Only the Obama Administration has made no statement
confirming that it will not recognize
the head of Congress, who just declared himself president of Honduras,
as a legitimate leader.
THIS IS AN OUTRAGE! We must DEMAND the Obama
to recognize any other president than Manuel Zelaya in Honduras. If the
Obama administration's rejects such a demand, then it is evidence of
role in this illegal military coup.
4:32pm: Massive Human Rights
Violations Underway in Honduras
The Honduran president, Manuel Zelaya, elected in
November 2005, has
been kidnapped, beaten and forced into exile in Costa Rica. A fake
letter of resignation, with his forged signature (see blog entry
below), was used by Honduras' opposition majority Congress to justify
the president's ouster. Foreign Minister
Patricia Rodas was brutally beaten and kidnapped by military forces in
her residence just before noon and taken into custody. She has not been
In complete violation of diplomatic law, the ambassadors
Venezuela and Cuba were both beaten and kidnapped for a short period by
Honduran soldiers, under orders of the coup leaders. They
have both been released and have taken refuge again in their respective
A non-binding vote, scheduled for today, on a possible
future constitutional assembly, was impeded by the coup
leaders, violating the Honduran people's right to vote and participate
in their political processes.
Nations around the world, including the United Nations,
of American States, Latin American countries and even the United States
have condemned the events in Honduras. Only the Obama Administration
has yet to clarify whether they will recognize the illegal coup
government led by
the president of Honduras' congress, Micheletti.
5:00pm: Illegal Swearing in of De
Facto President in Honduras
Right now the Honduran Congress is illegally swearing in
president of Congress, Micheletti, as the de facto president of
Honduras, in the next development of this ongoing military-civil coup
taking place throughout the day.
President Zelaya is still in forced exile in Costa Rica,
beaten and kidnapped by soldiers under orders of those involved in the
Foreign Minister Patricia Rodas is still disappeared, after also being
beaten and taking prisoner by the Honduran military in clear violation
of her rights.
The United States maintains a military base in Soto
that houses approximately 500 soldiers and special forces. The U.S.
military group in Honduras is one of the largest in U.S. Embassies in
the region. The leaders of the coup today are graduates of
the U.S. School of the Americas,
a training camp for dictators and repressive forces in Latin America.
Will the Obama Administration recognize the coup
in place now in Honduras? Or will Obama call for the reinstatement of
constitutional president Manuel Zelaya. We are waiting to hear from the
Tonight, a special meeting of ALBA nations has been
Managua, Nicaragua. Heads of state or high level representatives from
Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Venezuela, Dominica, San Vincent and Antigua
and Barbados are expected to attend.
5:37pm: Coup Government
in Place in Honduras
It's official, illegal, but official. Roberto
Micheletti, up until
right now the head of Congress, has just been sworn in as de facto
president after violently ousting President Zelaya from power,
kidnapping him and forcing him into exile in Costa Rica. Micheletti
just gave a speech before Congress, broadcast live
via CNN en Español and Telesur, along with Honduran stations, was
enraged with power, often yelling and declaring his "utmost respect for
democracy and the constitution" (?!) He also discussed how his
"cabinet" which he is about to announce, will "restore democracy" and
"respect for the constitution" to the country.
He repeated over and over again that what took place was not a
military-civil coup but rather a "civil society" action to
Still no word about kidnapped and beaten Foreign
Rodas' whereabouts. The Congress also did not explain President
Zelaya's beating and kidnapping and forced exile or the forged
resignation letter, which they now obviously are no longer using as a
legitimate "justification" for the coup.
It's just too bogus.
BTW, The U.S. Military Group in Honduras trains around
soldiers every year, provides more than $500,000 annually to the
Honduran Armed Forces and additionally provides $1.4 million for a
military education and exchange program for around 300 more Honduran
soldiers every year.
6:54pm: OAS Has
Just Condemned Coup in
Honduras, Calls for Zelaya's Reinstatement
In a major blow to the coup leaders in
Honduras who just
illegally installed themselves in power, the Organization of American
States (OAS) has just issued a resolution condemning the coup
against President Zelaya, demanding the return of Zelaya to power
immediately and clarifying
that the OAS will not recognize any government other than
Zelaya's in Honduras. Whew! For a minute there I thought this was going
to turn out like Haiti in 2004 when coup forces kidnapped
President Aristide and forced him into exile and, while the OAS
"condemned" the constitutional rupture,
they never called for Aristide's reinstatement, and since the U.S. backed
the coup, an illegal transitional government was installed
and nothing more came of it from the international community.
This time, things seem different. Still waiting on the U.S.
Government's official position...If they say they will not recognize
the coup government, then we have to see how things will play
out in Honduras.
7:40pm: OAS Resolution Should Imply
Since the Obama Administration has stated the coup
situation in Honduras should be resolved via the OAS, and the OAS has
just condemned the coup
and called for the unconditional restoration of President Zelaya to
power, that should also imply that the U.S. Government shares the same
Some rumors are flying around that two U.S. government
reps have made statements to the effect of Obama not recognizing the
government in Honduras, but not wanting to "get involved" and to "wait"
for the coup government to decide it is illegitimate by
analyzing the OAS decision.
I think a clear coup d'etat against a
that also happens to be a major dependent on U.S. economic and political
aid should provoke a more firm and concise statement by the U.S.
Tomorrow the State Dept will have to respond to
questions about the coup.
12:26am: Alba Countries Meeting in
Nicaragua with President Zelaya
The ALBA nations have been convened for a special
Managua, Nicaragua. Presidents Chávez of Venezuela, Correa of Ecuador
and Ortega of Nicaragua are present, along with Cuba's Foreign Minister
Bruno Rodriguez. President Zelaya of Honduras, ousted earlier this
morning by a military-civil coup, is the guest of honor. Zelaya gave a
kidnapping, saying machine guns opened fire on his residence this
morning before soldiers kidnapped him and placed him on the
presidential airplane. He didn't know where he was going until he
arrived in Costa Rica. Apparently, the Costa Rican
government was notified as Zelaya's plane was landing. The ALBA
countries have clearly condemned the coup in Honduras today
and are meeting to such effect.
The OAS declaration was also quite clear in condemning
the coup and calling for President Zelaya's immediate
reinstatement to power. Nevertheless, the coup
government in Honduras has refused to respond to the calls of the
international community to restore Zelaya to power. They continue
to insist a coup has not taken place, but rather a
"transition" to "democracy." (?!).
Two State Dept spokespeople have given a press
indicated, still a bit ambiguously, that the U.S. Govt is calling for
Zelaya's reinstatement and only recognizes him as the constitutional
president of Honduras. [...]
June 29, 1:00am: U.S. Confirms It Knew Coup
A New York Times article has just confirmed
that the U.S. Government has been "working for several days" with the
planners in Honduras to halt the illegal overthrow of President Zelaya.
While this may indicate nobility on behalf of the Obama Administration,
had they merely
told the coupsters that the U.S. Government would CUT OFF all
economic aid and blockade Honduras in the event of a coup,
it's almost a 100% guarantee that the military and right wing parties
and business groups involved in the coup would not have gone
through with it.
So, while many make excuses for the Obama
Administration's "calculated" statements, had they been more firm with
the coup leaders, instead of "negotiating," the coup
may never have happened. Also, the State Department says they believed
"dialogue" was the best way to resolve the
situation, but their lack of clarity and firm position has caused
multiple human rights violations to occur in Honduras and a lot of
tension to take place in the region.
And during the April 2002 coup against Chávez
in Venezuela, the State Department also claimed it knew of the coup
and tried to "stop" it. Later, in my investigations, it was discovered
through documents from State and CIA declassified under the Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA)
that CIA, State and other U.S. agencies, funded, supported, advised and
armed the coup leaders....
10:32am: Mass Repression in the Streets
Last night, the coup government de facto president in Honduras, Roberto
Micheletti, spoke live in a television interview (the only television
station left open in Honduras, the others have been shut down by the
military), and reinforced his determination to remain in power. He said
he would allow President Zelaya to return to the country -- not as
president, but as a citizen -- only if he renounces his relationship
with President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela. Micheletti also said he didn't
need the approval of any nation -- including the U.S. -- regarding his
position in power and the "new government" in place in Honduras.
Despite all of the condemnations from the international community,
Micheletti has said his coup government will not step down.
Today there are several meetings in Nicaragua -- the Rio Group is
meeting (comprised of all Latin American and Caribbean nations), ALBA
countries have been meeting since last night (Venezuela, Cuba, Bolivia,
Ecuador, Dominica, St. Vicent, Antigua and Barbados and Honduras) and
the Central American nations are also all going to meet later today to
discuss the situation in Honduras.
The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has made a statement
unilaterally condemning the coup in Honduras and calling for President
Zelaya's immediate reinstatement. All have said so far they will only
recognize Zelaya as the legitimate president of Honduras.
Foreign Minister Patricia Rodas has been released by the coup military
officers who beat and detained her. She was forced into exile in
Mexico, where she is now and is expected to fly later today with
Mexican president Felipe Calderon to Nicaragua.
The coup government in Honduras has issued arrest warrants for members
of Zelaya's cabinet that are still in the country. There is widespread
repression throughout the country. A curfew was imposed by the coup
government last night at 9pm to 6am this morning and the military have
thoroughly barricaded the presidential palace to prevent protesters
from getting close.
Television, press and radio in Honduras are not reporting AT ALL on the
coup and President Zelaya's whereabouts. As they did during the April
2002 against Chávez in Venezuela, television stations are showing soap
operas and regular programming, print media is not mentioning the coup
at all and neither is radio. There is a MAJOR BLACKOUT on information
No longer is the coup in Honduras making international headlines. Seems
like the international media doesn't really care that a military coup
has just occurred in Honduras and the president was kidnapped, beaten
and forced into exile. Nor are they reporting that for the first time
ever, all multilateral organisms, like the OAS, UN, European Community,
ALBA, UNASUR, etc, have all condemned the coup and convened emergency
meetings to discuss solutions.
This afternoon, President Obama meets with President Uribe of Colombia,
in a previously scheduled meeting, and will most likely make statements
regarding the situation in Honduras.
Nevertheless, it seems like in the particular coup scenario, Obama has
lost control. The US Military Group and Embassy in Honduras have been
directly involved with the coup leaders. USAID and the Pentagon have
backed this coup, there is just really no question. The Honduran
military would never have moved with consent from their commanding
officers, the US Military Group in Honduras and those stationed on the
Soto Cano base.
11:17am: Violence in Front of the Presidential Palace in Honduras
Alert: There is an irregular situation occurring outside the
presidential palace in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Soldiers in riot gear are
surrounding the palace, preparing for the coup leaders arrival. But the
soldiers are not there to prevent the coup leaders from entering the
palace, rather to facilitate their entry and the prevent protesters
from nearing the palace grounds. The soldiers are in full riot gear
with major weapons on hand and a potential major violent repression is
about to occur.
Foreign Minister Patricia Rodas, previously kidnapped, beaten and
forced into midnight exile by the coup leaders is giving declarations
from her forced exile in Mexico. She confirmed she will be going
together with Mexican president Felipe Calderon to the meetings in
Nicaragua today. She reaffirmed the government she represents of
President Manuel Zelaya remains the legitimate government of Honduras.
President Calderon of Mexico, a right-wing president, has offered his
help to dialogue with the coup leaders in Honduras in order to restore
For Your Information
Statement by Minister of State Kent
- Department of Foreign Affairs and
International Trade, June 28, 2009 -
The Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of State of Foreign
(Americas), today issued the following statement on the situation in
"Canada condemns the coup d'état that took place over
the weekend in
Honduras, and calls on all parties to show restraint and to seek a
peaceful resolution to the present political crisis, which respects
democratic norms and the rule of law, including the Honduran
"Democratic governance is a central pillar of Canada's
engagement in the Americas, and we are seriously concerned by what has
transpired in Honduras.
"We will continue to closely follow developments on the
Through our mission to the Organization of American States (OAS), we
are also working with hemispheric partners to determine what role the
organization can play to help diffuse the situation.
"The Government of Canada encourages Canadians in
exercise prudence, and for Canadians considering travel to the country
to consult Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada's travel
report, which will be kept updated."
Canadians in Honduras are encouraged to avoid areas of
confrontation and to register online with Foreign Affairs and
International Trade Canada at www.voyage.gc.ca.
Canadians requiring emergency consular assistance should
Canadian office in Tegucigalpa at (504) 232-4551 or the Canadian
embassy in San José, Costa Rica at (506) 2242-4400. Canadians can also
call DFAIT's Emergency Operations Centre by calling collect to
613-996-8885 or by sending
an email to email@example.com.
The travel report for Honduras has been updated and a
travel warning against non-essential travel to the capital has been
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