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Honduran President kidnapped, beaten, deported for trying to hold an election so that the people could vote on amending their Reagan given constitution written by SOA dictators.
I’m on some pretty wide ranging email lists, and often have volumes of mail. How I got on this list, I haven’t a clue. Today, my inbox was empty, but for this one:
Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
Ministry of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs
The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela condemns the coup d’état that the Honduran oligarchy is attempting to perpetrate against the constitutional government of President Manuel Zelaya Rosales and the people of Honduras.
President Manuel Zelaya Rosales was kidnapped, removed from his home by force, rendered incommunicado for several hours, and violently expelled from his country by a group of unpatriotic, coup-mongering soldiers. The hooded soldiers kidnapped Chancellor Patricia Rodas and also arbitrarily detained and beat the Ambassadors of Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. These shameless soldiers are responsible before national and international laws for the crimes that they are committing and for the violation of the constitution and its laws.
The government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela strongly urges the international community to condemn this situation and urges that the necessary measures be taken by us to defeat this coup d’état in Honduras and to reestablish the legitimate government of President Manuel Zelaya Rosales.
Caracas, June 28, 2009
Ministry of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs/ Translation by the Press Unit of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States
They BEAT all the Leftist Embassadors. Welcome to the prodigy of School of the Americas at work.
Seems like Coups are breaking out all over.
The whole photo essay is worth the look at School of the Americas Watch (SOAW)
To frame this for you, from Presente! by Eva Golinger, an essay titled “Obama’s First Coup D’etat:
Caracas, Venezuela – The text message that beeped on my cell phone this morning read “Alert, Zelaya has been kidnapped, coup d’etat underway in Honduras, spread the word.” It’s a rude awakening for a Sunday morning, especially for the millions of Hondurans that were preparing to exercise their sacred right to vote today for the first time on a consultative referendum concerning the future convening of a constitutional assembly to reform the constitution. Supposedly at the center of the controversary is today’s scheduled referendum, which is not a binding vote but merely an opinion poll to determine whether or not a majority of Hondurans desire to eventually enter into a process to modify their constitution.
Such an initiative has never taken place in the Central American nation, which has a very limited constitution that allows minimal participation by the people of Honduras in their political processes. The current constitution, written in 1982 during the height of the Reagan Administration’s dirty war in Central America, was designed to ensure those in power, both economic and political, would retain it with little interference from the people. Zelaya, elected in November 2005 on the platform of Honduras’ Liberal Party, had proposed the opinion poll be conducted to determine if a majority of citizens agreed that constitutional reform was necessary. He was backed by a majority of labor unions and social movements in the country. If the poll had occured, depending on the results, a referendum would have been conducted during the upcoming elections in November to vote on convening a constitutional assembly. Nevertheless, today’s scheduled poll was not binding by law.
In fact, several days before the poll was to occur, Honduras’ Supreme Court ruled it illegal, upon request by the Congress, both of which are led by anti-Zelaya majorities and members of the ultra-conservative party, National Party of Honduras (PNH). This move led to massive protests in the streets in favor of President Zelaya. On June 24, the president fired the head of the high military command, General Romeo Vásquez, after he refused to allow the military to distribute the electoral material for Sunday’s elections. General Romeo Vásquez held the material under tight military control, refusing to release it even to the president’s followers, stating that the scheduled referendum had been determined illegal by the Supreme Court and therefore he could not comply with the president’s order. As in the Unted States, the president of Honduras is Commander in Chief and has the final say on the military’s actions, and so he ordered the General’s removal. The Minister of Defense, Angel Edmundo Orellana, also resigned in response to this increasingly tense situation.
Did you get that??? A VOTE was about to occur, DEMOCRACY, and the Right Wingers pulled it, and kidnapped the President.
CNN is showing “Michael Jackson and Ronald Reagan,” a special about how close the two were… Yeah, thats fucking news.
More from that essay: (my bold)
Honduras is a nation that has been the victim of dictatorships and massive U.S. intervention during the past century, including several military invasions. The last major U.S. government intervention in Honduras occured during the 1980s, when the Reagain Administration funded death squads and paramilitaries to eliminate any potential “communist threats” in Central America. At the time, John Negroponte, was the U.S. Ambassador in Honduras and was responsible for directly funding and training Honduran death squads that were responsable for thousands of disappeared and assassinated throughout the region
Fox is talking about “Politicians and Sex Scandals,” yeah thats news. Then of course, they went right back to Jackson. You know, the guy who dropped off the face of the Earth, and not one of us has thought about in years…
Tehran has a new protest going too, they both briefly covered that… let me ponder that for a moment. Oh, yeah, Iran has oil.
“The U.S. Army School of the Americas…is a school that has run more dictators than any other school in the history of the world.”
– Congressman Joseph Kennedy (In total, the School has produced at least eleven Latin American dictators.)
As I said Friday, look South my friends, that is where it will start and where the PTB want to quash it first.
WaPo framed it exactly as Fox themselves would:
“Honduran president calls Arrest a “kidnapping” ”
Obama stated today “I am deeply concerned by reports coming out of Honduras regarding the detention and expulsion of President Mel Zelaya. As the Organization of American States did on Friday, I call on all political and social actors in Honduras to respect democratic norms, the rule of law and the tenets of the Inter-American Democratic Charter. Any existing tensions and disputes must be resolved peacefully through dialogue free from any outside interference.”
The news about this is absolutely SKELETAL, and I am unsurprised.
I hope Venezuala backs their play, I hope Cuba does as well, and I PRAY that the American populace gets as fully supportive of the Honduran people as we did of Iran.
First, the neocons came for the Iranians, I said nothing because I wasn’t Iranian, then the neocons came for the Hondurans…. dudes, this is in our back yards and moving ever closer.
Fuck neo-cons everywhere.
POWER TO THE PEOPLE!!
Viva la revolucion!!!