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Things falling apart… Honduran election, part 2

26 October 2013

I wasn’t the only one who started reading Hermano Juancito’s blogs back in May-June 2009 … when he became a minor celebrity thanks to a mention by U.S. conservative columnist Andrew Sullivan who admitted to knowing absolutely nothing about a country where the U.S. has long pretended was of strategic importance enough to its own security to warrant both a military presence and continual interference in the unhappy nation‘s internal affairs.

tempI read other Honduran sites during the coup… both those supporting the coup (including some ridiculous U.S. expat sites that when they weren’t parroting the propaganda of the coup-mongers, were buying the nonsensical justifications of the U.S. far-right with language that’s been retro since the fall of the Berlin Wall) and those opposed (who, often as not, also wrote in retro cold war cliches … although those said to be on the “left”, or commie symps, or … horror-of-horrors, Hugo Chavez apologists… writing mostly in Spanish, and who turned out to be the most reliable and honest reporters).

Although I haven’t been paying close attention to the unhappy situation in Honduras… where the coup was locked in, in good part thanks to crooked elections considered legitimate only by the Obama Administration and the Canadians (and no one else in the Americas), the continuing violence (Honduras has the highest murder rate in the Americas) and the continuing assaults on the few steps towards economic and social justice that the coup sought to roll back,.. I have kept up, largely through  Hermano Juancito.

Although not a political site (the good Hermano is a lay worker in the Diocese of Copan,), it is impossible to ignore the political situation in the country, if does — as Hermano Juancito does — share the spiritual and physical agonies of his adopted country with the outside world.

Part One of his overview of the Honduran election looked at the two traditional parties… which are not the whole story.  Resistance to the coup hardly ended with the imposition of an “elected” president.  If there is a political solution coming out of the resistance — as well as the attempts to quash the resistance — it is unlikely to come from the traditional parties, but may (and one hopes it does) come through the traditional democratic system.

In Part Two, Hermano Juancito focuses on LIBRE, the best hope for a change within the electoral system:

Reading the news I sometimes feel as if I was back in May and June 2009, just before the coup.

The National Party is complaining that the LIBRE party will bring about the downfall of Honduras because of its socialistic tendencies. They claim that LIBRE hates the military (because LIBRE and another party are opposed to the militarization of the police.) There will be chaos in education, the military will be despised, and Honduras will become like Venezuela.

The American Enterprise Institute published an article, “Honduras Under Siege” that predicted dire outcomes for Honduras if LIBRE wins…<

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I wonder if some are raising these issues to open the path to another coup if Xiomara Castro [LIBRE’s Presidential candidate, and the wife of ousted president Mel Zelaya] is elected.<

But worse is the violence that has been unleashed in the campaign.

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