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Honduras Inches Toward Talks

Posted on Oct 3, 2009
AP / Kent Gilbert

President Manuel Zelaya, shown here at a press conference the night of the coup that deposed him, was ousted in late June.

There may finally be movement in Honduras’ political crisis, as representatives of ousted President Manuel Zelaya and interim President Roberto Micheletti will reportedly meet next week to discuss a potential deal to end the crisis that began with June’s coup d’état.

Also in the news is the visit to Honduras by several U.S. Republican congressmen despite a U.S. ban on direct discussions with the architects of the coup against the democratically elected Zelaya.

The BBC:

A thaw in the Honduras political crisis has paved the way for talks between representatives of the ousted president and the man behind his downfall.

Aides to Manuel Zelaya and interim President Roberto Micheletti will reportedly meet next week.

The talks would precede a visit by the Organisation of American States aimed at brokering a deal, the OAS says.

An emergency decree limiting civil liberties would be lifted within days, Mr Micheletti was quoted as saying.

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By Russian Paul, October 4, 2009 at 3:49 pm Link to this comment

Mike, if you think the coup government can be overthrown by a couple hundred
nonviolent protestors, you are deluded. What else are they to do? I say Zelaya’s
supporters - Bolivia, Venezuela, maybe even Brazil if their embassy keeps getting
attacked - should declare war on the illegal government and kick them out. If the
US says anything, they would only be revealing their true position to the world,
their support of the coup regime.

Ghandi’s success in India proves only that nonviolent protest can be a useful
tactic some of the time. But the same tactic can’t work every time. I can think of
many dictators that would not be affected by such protest, Micheletti is one of

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By Xntrk, October 4, 2009 at 12:51 pm Link to this comment

Latin American Coups obviously bore the shit out of US Progressives [if there are any…]. Far more important to worry about Polanski’s sex life 30 years ago, or how Chicago can survive without the Olympics.

For the few who may not be brain dead, here is a link to a first person report from a Rueter’s Photographer inside the Brazilian Embassy. The photos are great:

After reading about the use of a ‘Sound Canon’ in Pittsburgh, I wonder if that is what the Honduran Military is using. I am assuming we have supplied them with cutting edge tools to destroy ‘left-wing’ governments…

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By Mike, October 3, 2009 at 7:56 pm Link to this comment
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“Nonviolent protest can only go so far.”

Sure.  That’s why India is still British.

(P.S. Zelaya and the resistance don’t have a military anyway.)

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By Russian Paul, October 3, 2009 at 11:17 am Link to this comment

Zelaya and his supporters need to militarily overthrow the coup and take back
Honduras for the people. Compromising is not the right strategy now. Nonviolent
protest can only go so far.

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