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Message from Honduras

1 July 2009

As I said in my reply to “La Gringa” (who normally blogs on gardening in the tropics, but — being a resident of la Ceiba Honduras’ ex-pat community — is an alternative  source for information on what’s happening in Honduras right now),  the low rate of internet access in Honduras makes it difficult to get information except from a small number of people.  Still, Otto, at Inca Kola, has heard from a person in San Pedro Sula, who sent the following:

… We have no access to communications and the only information presented is that which helps the coupmongers.

I inform you that in communities such as El Progreso, department of Yoro they have ordered forced military recruitment aimed mostly at youths (to use them as a barricade in any confrontation). Also, in the department of Olancho (the biggest in the country and the home territory of Zelaya) they have repressed people who were travelling to the capital in buses, beating them and forcing them off the buses and shooting through the bus tires.

In San Pedro Sula, the place where I live, they have given an order to depose the mayor of the city (who was one of the mayors allied to Zelaya) and have issued an arrest warrant for him. They are trying to replace him with one William Hall (strangely the cousin of Michelleti)…

The full message (and the Spanish original) is posted here.

Inca Kola gets about the same number of hits as this site, but those readers include more of the “mainstream media” types… especially in the financial and business world.    And as a business investor site, it isn’t as easily written off as politically motivated when publishing Honduran information.

Otto is better positioned than I am to get out this kind of information, so, for anyone in Honduras:

I’ve noticed a sudden surge in people arriving at the blog from IP addresses inside Honduras. I’d be happy to receive and re-print any comments or observations you might have from inside the country without any sort of editing. If you prefer to write in Spanish I can translate.


Me di cuenta que hay bastante gente ahora llegando al blog desde Honduras mismo. Si vds quieren mandar observaciones desde tu punto de vista les publicaré en el blog. Tambien puedo traducir si prefieren escribir en castellano

email: otto.rock1 (AT) gmail (DOT) com

Messages sent here (richmx2 (AT) live (DOT) com will also be translated, published and distributed to other English-language Latin American sites and may be reposted without special permission.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. 1 July 2009 12:50 pm

    Thanks for helping get the message out, RG. I’ve received a 2nd message from Dario and i’ll be putting it up later. Feel free to paste the whole thing over here if you want….no “link thru for the rest” necessary.

  2. Telzey permalink
    1 July 2009 2:38 pm

    So in other words the current Honduran government is behaving exactly like Hugo Chavez in Venezuela.

    This can only be progress. No?

  3. 1 July 2009 7:30 pm

    No Telzey, Chávez doesn’t suspend constitutional rights

  4. Telzey permalink
    2 July 2009 11:49 am

    Otto –

    Chavez has basically criminalized the right right to strike in Venezuela. I consider that a basic right. He’s also driven almost every opposition broadcaster into oblivion, and is now working on the last one left.

    Chavez also openly and enthusiastically supported the suppression of basic protest rights in Iran during the aftermath of the rigged election there.

    Lastly, the only country threatening to intervene militarily in Honduras isn’t the US, it’s Venezuela.

    So give me a break.

  5. 2 July 2009 11:51 am


  6. Telzey permalink
    2 July 2009 12:04 pm

    Otto –

    Thanks for proving my point.

  7. 2 July 2009 11:45 pm

    Indigenous peoples from Honduras also reject the coup

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