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Zelaya’s Plane Barred From Landing in Honduras

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Posted on Jul 5, 2009
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Supporters of ousted Honduras President Manuel Zelaya cheer as his airplane flies overhead at the international airport in Tegucigalpa on Sunday.

Ousted President Manuel Zelaya made an attempt to return home to Honduras, but he ended up doing a flyover on Sunday when authorities blocked his plane from landing at the Tegucigalpa airport. On the runway, Zelaya supporters clashed with military and police forces. At least one person was reported killed.

The New York Times:

Soldiers stood in formation at one end of the runway and in trenches dug into a hillside, firing into the air and setting off tear gas, while a helicopter hovered overhead.

As hundreds of people tried to break down the fences to enter the airport grounds, soldiers fired into the crowd.

A least one person was killed and two were badly wounded, a medic and emergency services at the airport said, according to Reuters.

[...] Tensions were high throughout the region. Mr. Micheletti said that Nicaraguan troops had been observed near the border with Honduras, which he called a provocation. He called on President Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua to withdraw the troops and vowed to defend Honduran territory.

But Mr. Ortega of Nicaragua denied in a radio interview that any troops were massed and American officials in Washington said they lacked any information of Nicaraguan troop movements.

The presidents of Equador, Paraguay and Argentina as well as Jose Miguel Insulza, the secretary general of the O.A.S, were flying in a separate plane and they had plans to land only if Mr. Zelaya’s plane landed safely. If not, they were going on to El Salvador.

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By rico, suave, July 6, 2009 at 9:38 am Link to this comment

folktruther: Have you ever been to Teguchigalpa airport? If you had, you’d know that if there were over 100,000 people there, most of them would have to be standing on the runway! Oh, where to land? Maybe “Nicuarga”?

What is the “Venquelan” situation anyway? Does it involve Romulans?

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By Folktruther, July 6, 2009 at 8:36 am Link to this comment

this is the last headline of the US media on Zelaya: not allowed to land in Honduras.  There will now be an attemtpt to smother the story and US will try to run out Zelaya’s term of office.  there is no way that Hunduras could hold out against all of Latin America and the whole world without US support.  This is Obama’s first coup in Latin America, following Bush’s attempted coup in Venzueala.

The US opposes the Bolivarian revolution of course; it is directed against US economic policies.  They have been unvarying under different cosmetic approaches: destitution, violence, deceit.

The people of Latin America are destitute because the US wants its own corporations to exploit the people.  It has traditionally used violence to do so, and systematically lies about it.  the major form that these lies take is silence, not reporting the effects of US violence based on exploitation.

The people of Honduras are destitute and will remain so until they have the power to overthrow or counterbalance their ologarchy supported by the US.  The US wants it to remain a banana republic and it will until the people are strong enough, with the support of the rest of Latin America to throw off US domination. 

  And not until then.

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By photoshock, July 6, 2009 at 7:09 am Link to this comment

In the grand scheme of things, this is the defining moment of the ‘foreign policy’ of the U.S. towards the Latin American countries.
The Bolivarian Revolution will continue with or without the help and support of the US, but our relations with Central and South America, will now turn on how President Obama acts and reacts to the situation in Honduras.
President Zelaya, duly elected by the people was overthrown by a cabal of elites and military figures, who wished to have the status quo remain, they on the top and the rest of the people on the bottom of the economic and social ladder.
It is high time that President Obama, show his liberal colours and help to reinstate the duly elected president of Honduras, President Zelaya.
Should this not happen, should the President of the US back the members of the coup, then we will know for certain that we have been hoodwinked and bamboozled by the best.
I don’t see the liberal agenda going anywhere under the administration of President Obama. We are now stuck with him for 4 years, but come the next election cycle, we can make a difference in the Legislative branch of our government. We can and must elect those who speak and act as liberals and progressives. Those who will carry out the agenda of Health Care Reform, true and complete inquiries into the criminal acts of the Shrub, and support and defend the people’s right to have a say in their government. This is what the Bolivarian Revolution is all about. The voice of the people, speaking loudly and clearly for their rights.

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By Commune115, July 6, 2009 at 12:38 am Link to this comment

This is the moment for Obama to prove US relations with Latin America will change. Either he cuts the US economic lifeline from the coup government, or it will be obvious he covertly supports the brutal repression taking place in order to stop the spread of the Bolivarian Revolution.

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By Folktruther, July 5, 2009 at 9:16 pm Link to this comment

According to Answer, there were over a hundred thousand people at the airport.  If true, its a Venquelan kind of situation.

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