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Appeal to restore president rejected

July 4, 2009

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— Honduras rebuffed a personal appeal from the Americas’ top international diplomat Friday, refusing to reinstate President Manuel Zelaya and setting the stage for a dramatic showdown if the ousted leader returns to reclaim power this weekend.

Jose Miguel Insulza, who heads the Organization of American States, said the hemispheric body would decide today whether to suspend Honduras, a move that could lead to further sanctions against one of the Latin Americas’ poorest countries and encourage other organizations and countries to halt aid and loans.

The OAS chief had flown to Honduras on Friday to demand that the interim government restore Zelaya before this morning’s deadline. Zelaya was ousted in a military-backed coup Sunday and flown into exile, but the world community has rallied around him to demand his return to office.

Insulza said Honduran officials gave him documents showing that charges are

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 5 months ago

From an article by Jonathan Hari--

http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/johann-hari/johann-hari-the-other-911-returns-to-haunt-latin-america-1729429.html

"The ghost of the other, deadlier 9/11 (the US-backed coup against Allende in Chile in 1973) has returned to stalk Latin America. On Sunday morning, a battalion of soldiers rammed their way into the Presidential Palace in Honduras. They surrounded the bed where the democratically elected President, Manuel Zelaya, was sleeping, and jabbed their machine guns to his chest. They ordered him to get up and marched him on to a military plane. They dumped him in his pyjamas on a landing strip in Costa Rica and told him never to return to the country that freely chose him as their head of state.

Back home, the generals locked down the phone networks, the internet and international TV channels, and announced their people were in charge now. Only sweet, empty music plays on the radio. Government ministers have been arrested and beaten. If you leave your home after 9pm, the population have been told, you risk being shot. Tanks and tear gas are ranged against the protesters who have thronged on to the streets."

"Yet the military-business nexus have invented a propaganda-excuse that is being eagerly repeated by dupes across the Western world. The generals claim they have toppled the democratically elected leader and arrested his ministers to save democracy.

Here's how it happened. Honduras has a constitution that was drawn up in 1982, by the oligarchy, under supervision from the outgoing military dictatorship. It states that the President can only serve only one term, while the military remains permanent and "independent" – in order to ensure they remain the real power in the land.

Zelaya believed this was a block on democracy, and proposed a referendum to see if the people wanted to elect a constituent assembly to draw up a new constitution. It could curtail the power of the military, and perhaps allow the President to run for re-election. The Supreme Court, however, ruled that it is unconstitutional to hold a binding referendum within a year of a presidential election. So Zelaya proposed holding a non-binding referendum instead, just to gauge public opinion. This was perfectly legal. The military – terrified of the verdict of the people – then marched in with their guns."

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 5 months ago

Interestingly, and tellingly, what I posted is completely factual, while yours is nothing but hysterical distortions and outright falsehoods.

It's pretty simple, informed-- a military dictatorship does not a "democracy" make, and none of your 1984-speak will change that.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 5 months ago

I'm sure you'll be goose-stepping up a storm, informed.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 5 months ago

Yep, hysterical justifications for a return to military dictatorship, all in the name of "democracy."

If what you're attempting to argue weren't so insanely sick, it'd be surreally comical.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 5 months ago

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/07/04

"When José David Ellner Romero heard the soldiers breaking down the door of the Globo radio station on the evening of the June 28 coup, he had a flashback. His mind conjured up the terrible images from the 1980s, when he was arrested by the military, thrown into an underground prison and tortured. "I couldn't stand the thought of going through that hell again, so I got out on the ledge of the windowsill and jumped," Elner told our delegation. His fractured shoulder, ribs and bruises were minor given that he jumped from the third floor.

The owner of the station, Alejandro Villatoro, was thrown to the ground by soldiers who put their guns to his head and demanded to know where the transmitter was. Villatoro also happens to be a deputy in the National Assembly from the governing Liberal Party, but that didn't afford him special treatment. While Villatoro was not a fan of deposed President Mel Zelaya, he believes in free speech and always guaranteed his employees that freedom. After the military invaded and censored his station, he now supports Zelaya's return. "If this new government says it's for democracy, then why is it censoring the press? This is the 21st century," he told us. "We shouldn't have coups and censorship and thugs running the country."

Radio Globo is now back on the air, but one of its most critical programs, Hable como habla, is still banned and the host of the show, Eduardo Maldonado, is in hiding. And every now and then, like when they broadcast an interview with the deposed president, their signal is suddenly blocked."

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