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Posted on Jul 1, 2009

Ousted President Manuel Zelaya says he plans to return to Honduras this weekend in the company of other Latin American leaders.

The Honduran coup leaders are showing their bravado. Said hombres have defied an international deadline to return democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya to power within 72 hours, doubling down on their swagger with a quip that “only a foreign invasion could reinstate him.”

Coup leaders have threatened to arrest Zelaya if he returns to Honduras, which the ousted president now says he will do this weekend.

The Guardian:

Coup leaders in Honduras today defied an international deadline for President Manuel Zelaya to return to power within 72 hours and said only a foreign invasion could reinstate him.

Roberto Micheletti, the interim leader of a government that forced Zelaya into exile last Sunday, said his predecessor would be arrested if he returned to the central American country.

Arrest warrants have been issued accusing the ousted leader of 18 crimes, including treason and abuse of authority, and Interpol will be asked to detain him. Zelaya said he planned to return to Honduras, accompanied by Latin American officials, this weekend.

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By Ratoeira, July 7, 2009 at 12:12 pm Link to this comment
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Come on… there was NO COUP. To figure that out, it’s enough to take a look at the Constitution of Honduras, precisely in its article 239 that follows:

“ARTICULO 239.- El ciudadano que haya desempeñado la titularidad del Poder Ejecutivo no podrá ser Presidente o Designado.

El que quebrante esta disposición o proponga su reforma, así como aquellos que lo apoyen directa o indirectamente, cesarán de INMEDIATO en el desempeño de sus respectivos cargos, y quedarán inhabilitados por diez años para el ejercicio de toda función pública.”

It’s clear then that ANYONE who ever tried to amend the Constitution to permit the second term for President would be taken from office. And that includes the current (oh, better, ex-current) President, Zelaya. The constitutional amendment he proposed was illegal and that was declared by the JUDICIAL BRANCH OF HONDURAS. Someone had to execute the decision and this task was accomplished by the military. Who else would force Zelaya away and fulfill de judicial decision?

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By Old Dude, July 2, 2009 at 10:26 am Link to this comment
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If they have followed their own laws- per their own consitution then it is not a “coup”.
Try this link for a much different take on the troubles in Honduras.

We should acknowledge the past mis-deeds of the good old USA; but also realize that not everything that happens in the world is due to some dark program hatched in the USA.

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By Folktruther, July 2, 2009 at 10:17 am Link to this comment

Virgina’s post says it all.

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By Virginia777, July 2, 2009 at 9:14 am Link to this comment

Latin America Drags a Reluctant Washington Into Supporting Democracy in Honduras July 1, 2009, The Guardian Unlimited
by Mark Weisbrot

Why such reluctance to openly call for the immediate and unconditional return of an elected president, as the rest of the hemisphere and the United Nations has done? One obvious possibility is that Washington does not share these goals. The coup leaders have no international support but they could still succeed by running out the clock – Zelaya has less than six months left in his term. Will the Obama administration support sanctions against the coup government in order to prevent this? The neighboring governments of Guatemala, Nicaragua, and El Salvador have already fired a warning shot by announcing a 48-hour cut-off of trade.

By contrast, one reason for Hillary Clinton’s reluctance to call the coup a coup is because the U.S. Foreign Assistance Act prohibits funds going to governments where the head of state has been deposed by a military coup.

Unconditional is also a key word here: the Administration may want to extract concessions from Zelaya as part of a deal for his return to office.  But this is not how democracy works. If Zelaya wants to negotiate a settlement with his political opponents after he returns, that is another story. But nobody has the right to extract political concession from him in exile, over the barrel of a gun.
There is no excuse for this coup. A constitutional crisis came to a head when President Zelaya ordered the military to distribute materials for a non-binding referendum to be held last Sunday. The referendum asked citizens to vote on whether they were in favor of including a proposal for a constituent assembly, to redraft the constitution, on the November ballot. The head of the military, General Romeo Vasquez refused to carry out the President’s orders. The president, as commander-in-chief of the military, then fired Vasquez, whereupon the Defense Minister resigned. The Supreme Court subsequently ruled that the president’s firing of Vasquez was illegal, and the majority of the Congress has gone against President Zelaya.

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By boggs, July 2, 2009 at 6:40 am Link to this comment

Just as we had footprints in the Venezuela coup, we also have footprints in this one, we just kept them more secretive and out of the sunlight. Now we have to put forth a fake front and act like we are against the coup! Must be hard for our capitalist politicians to restore a left wing president to the Honduras. ONLY BECAUSE OF THE INTERNET FOLKS. OUR GOVERNMENT CAN’T GET AWAY WITH AS MUCH FOREIGN THUGGERY.

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By Leefeller, July 1, 2009 at 4:32 pm Link to this comment

One has to love true democracy in motion.

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By Xntrk, July 1, 2009 at 2:35 pm Link to this comment

I am reading the Latin American news out of Honduras. Much of it is in Spanish, but they’ve managed to translate the more important ones into English.

The one dated today describes the events at Globo Radio, which is now being run by the military. There are also reports about the demonstrations. Transportation to the Capital is being blocked by the military, which accounts for smaller demonstrations in Tegucigalpa. There are also some great photos, and even a couple of cartoons. The people are NOT behind this coup.

Check it out:

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By skulz fontaine, July 1, 2009 at 1:20 pm Link to this comment

Invade invade invade! Gots the invitation so, saddle up boys! Central American invasion is ONE thing the U.S. is just good at.

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By Commune115, July 1, 2009 at 11:42 am Link to this comment

I saw an interview yesterday on CNN In Spanish with the new chancellor of the coup government, what a sad sight. It was an old man with a twitching lip who talked like a Cold War relic, ranting about “Communist conspiracies” and how the UN resolution doesn’t count because the General Assembly head is a former Sandinista. Before it gets too violent lets hope the Honduran masses restore Zelaya as the Venezuelans did with Chavez in 2002.

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