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Honduras — Zelaya is not paranoid, he has real enemies

25 September 2009

Those who would defend the coup in Honduras are getting more creative.  Because a Miami reporter apparently doesn’t understand Spanish, when Zelaya said he was being bombarded with “radiacíon”, the Herald made it sound as if the guy was spinning fantasies.  Maybe reporter Frances Robles doesn’t hear well, or maybe her Spanish is bad, or maybe her editors need to invest in a good dictionary.

According to the DRAE (Diccionario de la Lengua Española of the Real Academia Española) — which is a hell of a lot more reliable than the Miami Herald — “radiacíon” is “Energía ondulatoria o partícularas materiales que se propagan a través del espacio“… energy waves.

Which is exactly what the Honduran Army is doing — bombarding the Brazilian Embassy with “radiacíon”.

Here’s what was aimed (and may still be aimed) at the Brazilian Embassy.  Notice that the soldiers are wearing noise protectors.

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The device, according to Wired.com is:

… the LRAD or Long Range Acoustic Device, a super loud-hailer deployed by U.S. forces and famously used to fight off pirates. According to the Guardian, LRAD is being used in two ways: as a megaphone to order protesters to disperse, and, when they disobey, as an “ear-splitting siren” to drive them away.

According to Reuters, a truck-mounted speaker was used “to blast the embassy with harsh sounds.” The Guardian describes the speakers as being used to generate “high-pitched noise.” The Miami Herald cites witness reports that “soldiers used a device that looked like a large satellite dish to emit a loud shrill noise.”

The device seems to have spooked Zelaya; in the Herald report, he claims that he is under attack by some sort of radiation weapon. This reminds me of someone I talked to who once told some protesters that the LRAD sonic blaster emitted radiation that would shrivel their testicles. He was impressed at how fast they got out of the way.

If you’re willing to risk the family jewels,  LRADs are being used in Pittsburgh against demonstrators as well.  Here’s what it’s like:

As to reports of poisonous gas, at least one group is claiming to have had gases analyzed, and found traces of Hydrogen cynanide.

An interesting report (posted by Hondruas Oye!) from Chinese wire service Xinhua, datelined 24 September from Panama City, quotes the Honduran Ambassador to Panama as saying Honduran soldiers assisted Zelaya’s return to the country.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. 25 September 2009 9:54 pm

    Yeah, Mel’s really crazy. Yeah, he’s gonna commit suicide any day now. Shotgun blast to the back of the head, etc. Real convincing shit.

    Gawd, these right-wing blogtards and deliberately obtuse “journalists” (note quotation marks) are enough to make you want to punch your monitor sometimes. They’re just setting up the crapaganda so that when the fake suicide finally happens, no one will realize that it’s actually MURDER.

  2. 25 September 2009 9:57 pm

    BTW, if it’s true that Honduran soldiers helped smuggle him back in, those guys should get medals. They’re doing just what the Venezuelan army did when Chávez was rescued in ’02. The civilians urged the army to go find him, and the army did it. Pity Mel’s not an ex-military commander; Chavecito had an edge there, in that he had a strong natural rapport with his own soldiers.

    Now, if the Honduran military would only turn against the putschists in the high command, as their Venezuelan counterparts did in ’02…

  3. Mazbeach permalink
    26 September 2009 9:34 am

    Boy, you really had to scratch for this one. Come on, you can do better.

    I happen to not agree with you on Honduras, but enjoy most of your other posts. You’re losing credibility on even those.

  4. 28 September 2009 9:44 pm

    Care to elaborate, Mazbeach? Seems to me he did a good job with the facts. Better than you’re doing with the riposte, that’s for sure.

  5. Hondureño permalink
    7 November 2009 11:29 am

    You’re getting into arguments over semantics that have nothing to do with the actual quotes.

    Next thing you know, you’ll be defending his claims on how Israeli IDF mercenaries are really trying to kill him.

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