(9 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)
As we explained in a previous article , the Tegucigalpa/San José Accord signed on October 30 by representatives of the legitimate president of Honduras, Mel Zelaya, and those of the coup regime of Micheletti, was in reality a farce.
You didn’t really think that the US backed coup regime was going to reinstate Zelaya, did you? It’s a shame that the coup didn’t go through with reinstating him, but their deed needs to be carried through to the end.
In a very interesting article written by Tomás Andino, one of the leading figures of the Resistance and member of parliament for the left-wing Democratic Unification party (UD), he put it clearly: “The Tegucigalpa agreement, far from being a ‘victory’, means the surrender of President Zelaya. The agreement has been written on the terms of the empire. It is a pity that Mel swallowed the hook, and authorised the signature of the agreement… The question is that even though he has signed, the empire has made it clear that they will accept ‘any decision taken by the Honduran Congress’, which means that it is likely that they will not accept the reinstatement before the electoral farce of November 29, to prevent damaging it.”
Any legitimatization of the coup is a bad thing. Zelaya probably thought that he, as a symbol, was the most important part of the equation. The people of Honduras are the most important part of the equation. They have to decide if they are going to accept the coup and it’s clear outcome.
Faced with this situation, the National Resistance Front has decided to boycott the elections on November 29. Trade union candidate Carlos H. Reyes, after consulting the rank and file of his organisation, decided to make a clear statement withdrawing from the elections and calling for boycott. A number of candidates from other parties (Liberal, PINU and others) have also decided to withdraw from the elections.
The boycott allows the people of Honduras to speak on the issue. If fewer than 50% of the electorate votes, legitiamacy is denied (with legitimacy being weakened more for each vote under the 50%). A boycott allows the Hondurans to show their contempt toward the coup, and may even strengthen the opposition to the point where parts of the military will come over against the coup.
But…and you knew there had to be one, didn’t you…
The situation with the left-wing Unificación Democrática, however, is a bit more complicated. The leadership of the party is divided in two wings. One, the official wing, led by Cesar Ham, has an openly opportunistic stance, arguing that they have to stay in the electoral process in order to keep their electoral registration. There is also the issue of the 4 million lempiras in state political funding that they would lose if they were to boycott the election. This is clearly a position of betrayal of the resistance movement. Members and activists of UD have participated actively in the resistance movement and at least 6 of their members have been killed for their part in the movement. The Cesar Ham wing of UD are clearly treacherous opportunists, more worried about their jobs and money than about the principles they claim to stand for.
There is another wing of UD, led by Renan Valdez and Tomás Andino, amongst others, who call themselves the Genuine Leadership of UD, which has come out clearly against the elections and for boycott. They have made an appeal to the rank and file of UD to prevent the party from supporting the electoral farce. They argue, correctly, that: “to participate in the fraudulent elections would contribute to give legitimacy to the coup regime and will create more difficult conditions for the defeat of the new government, which would mean that UD would become its accomplice”.
For the moment, the opposition is fractured (if the Ham block can actually be seen as a real opposition). This plays into the hands of the coup should the Ham block decide to run and it’s supporters decide to vote en masse.
I’ll let you read the rest of the article. Needless to say, these are interesting times in Honduras. It’s unfortunate that the US is on the wrong side of events.