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Coup in Honduras

28 June 2009
Photo: Reuters

Photo: Reuters

All media is reporting that President Zelaya was taken by military units at 6 AM, and flown to Costa Rica, where he is reportedly staying in a guest house and has not asked for political asylum.

EFE reports that the first lady, Xiomara Castro de Zelaya, has taken to the hills for her own protection.  Apparently, EFE was able to reach her by  phone.  In Costa Rica, President Zelaya met the press with Costa Rican President (and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate) Óscar Arias at his side, to call for peaceful resistance to the coup.

Honduran radio is telling people to stay home and not vote in the referendum which was scheduled for today, despite a ruling from the Electoral Court that the referendum was invalid.

The Congressional President, Roberto Micheletti, has been sworn in as “Provisional President” and Notimex is reporting five F-5 Honduran Air Force planes are flying over the small nation to fend off air attacks (from whom?) while communications appear to have been cut between the capital and the port of San Pedro Sula.

Notimex is also reporting that the OAS (Organization of American States) will hold an emergency meeting this morning to discuss the situation, described by Honduran representative Carlos Sosa Coello as a “kidnapping” and coup d’etat.

Huffington Post writes that “Congress voted to accept what it said was Zelaya’s letter of resignation, but Zelaya said the letter wasn’t his and vowed to remain in power.”  This sounds exactly like the situation during the attempted 2002 coup in Venezuela, where the President was also kidnapped, and a supposed letter of resignation (which was fake) was used to justify swearing in a Provisional President.

As usual, and I’m surprised by it, the Latin American Herald Tribune is providing the best objective coverage of the Honduran situation.

You know as much as I do, and I know very little about the background of this situation, but the news is getting worse:

A report from Venezuelanalysis states that “[Honduran] military personnel 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.”

The kidnapping of their ambassadors, if confirmed, would suggest that the Honduras military coup is ideological, and targeted not only at Zelaya, but potentially at the many Latin American national leaders who have formed the wave of leftist revolutions that have swept Central and South America over the past decade.

Zelaya, who was elected as a conservative, shifted dramatically to the left during his presidency.

One Comment leave one →
  1. 13 July 2009 2:17 pm

    Seems like some elements in Latin America are resisting the new and powerful moves to the Left.

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