All they are saying… Honduras
When I feed the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.
Hélder Câmara (1909-1999)
In Honduras there is a risk of civil war, and if war breaks out, it will be the sole sole responsibility of the de facto government of Roberto Micheletti. One month ago today serious and daily violations of human rights began with the raid on the home, arrest, and subsequent expulsion from the country’s constitutional President Manuel Zelaya. Illegal curfews, extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests, curtailments of freedom of expression, restrictions on freedom of movement and a clear persecution — particularly against trade union leaders and defenders of the basic human rights, social leaders, journalists and foreigners — have followed. All perpertrated in that nation by the civil-miliary coup d’etat.
Rosa Elvira Vargas, Jornada (Mexico)
In the eastern part of the country, near the Nicaraguan border, the curfew which was from Friday noon to 6 am Sunday was extended from 6 am to 6 pm today and later extended until 6 am. This means that the area will have been virtually closed down for 66 hours straight. (I thought it was only from Saturday noon, but La Prensa, a pro-coup newspaper, said it was from Friday noon.) This curfew means that anyone on the street can be arrested. Thus some leaders of the opposition to the coup have been arrested. Also the first curfew starting at noon was, from what I’ve read, announced 20 minutes before it was supposed to start.
Is that the only way the Micheletti government thinks it can control the population?
(Hermano Juancito, Santa Rosa de Copán, Honduras)
A bomb exploded today at one of Honduras’s most combative unions, at the same time that three agents from the DNIC (National Office of Criminal Investigation) were captured by those attending the burial of the young brickmason Pedro Magdiel Muñoz Salvador.
Muñoz was killed sometime between Friday and Saturday in the most beastly manner, when he was in the town of Alauca, near the border with Nicaragua. He had gone there to join with thousands of Hondurans who went to receive President Manuel Zelaya Rosales who was going to enter Honduras on Friday. Pedro Magdiel was killed and President Zelaya returned to Nicaraguan territory when the army and the coup government refused to allow the First Lady to reunite with her husband.
In Washington, U.S. State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said Zelaya’s return to Honduras was “not prudent.”