Honduras Coup Regime Declares New State of Emergency Prior to Sunday “Election”

By Al Giordano

The Gaceta Oficial, (“Official Gazette”) of the Honduras coup regime is now freshly printed and has three new decrees and two orders restricting freedom of the press, the right to bear arms and officially strips Catholic Father Andres Tamayo of his Honduran citizenship, ordering him expelled from the country (the good Padre left for El Salvador last week).

Here are a few of the regime’s greatest hits from this week’s barrage of repressive decrees which are expressly part of what the coup leaders call an "election" coming up on Sunday:

Decree PCM-M-029-2009

“Due to growing internal threats,” the Armed Forces will be deployed, in support of the National Police, to guard polling places, the custody and transport of ballots (before and after they are utilized by voters), and 5,000 members of the military reserve were deputized beginning on November 13.

Decree PCM-M-030-2009

This decree declares a “State of Emergency” nationwide, and places the regime’s “Secretary of State” inside the military command to oversee all activities related to the November 29 “elections.” This decree pretty much erases the previous order that the quasi-independent Supreme Electoral Tribunal would exclusively be in command of the Armed Forces in the month prior to the “election.” In other words, not even the window dressing added to give the vote a gloss of pseudo-independence could be tolerated by regime leader Roberto Micheletti, who has now placed a member of his Simian Council at that helm.

Decree PCM-M-031-2009

The November 29 “elections are under threat by groups that try to block their development with threats of all kinds, creating fear and disorder in the general population.” Therefore, says the decree, a nationwide ban on bearing all types of firearms went into effect on Monday, November 23, “until ordered otherwise.” (Memo to self: Make sure to write the National Rifle Association about Senator Jim DeMint's efforts in Honduras.)

Order number 2169-2009 of the Secretary of Government and Justice

“The conduct of Mr. José Andrés Tamayo Cortez is incongruent with constituional precepts and secondary laws of the Honduran State… that justify his characterization as UNWORTHY to have Honduran nationality and is ordered to be expelled to his country of origin.”

Executive Order 124-2009 authorizes the coup regime's media regulating organization CONATEL to close any media at will.

Dear Mr. Micheletti, members of his Simian Council, and all who back his anti-democracy coup: Have fun with your mock “elections” on Sunday. The only thing more interesting than the week to come – and there still may be some big surprises about to unfold from the ground level – is going to be the week afterward, as you enter your next squalid series of tantrums upon the realization that not even your own populace believes that your “election” was legitimate or worthy of respect. Your game of electoral make-believe will resolve nothing.

 

Comments

Ouch - too bad

Is the economy still feeling the hit? Are there still actions of the Front? The news sounds grim... I will be interested to see how the three levels of American foreign policy (the crappy holdover functionaries, the Clintonians, and the President) react to this. Hard to say that it's free and fair.

Well, you know what they say about gun grabbers...

I have a question about EO 124-2009. Hasn't Conatel had the power to close down any media since September?

Also, permit me a little linkwhoring. I'm starting a series on Honduras at Daily Kos. Part 1 went up today. Part 2 probably tomorrow. It might be worth a read, Part 2, especially, since that presents a timeline for the coup plus a summary of existing legal analysis.

Obama's letter - what does it mean?

Thanks for the update - hard to keep this situation top of mind in the U.S., frankly, glad the field's all over it.

Al (and other voices here), love to know your thoughts on President Obama's letter to President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil - ostensibly on Iranian policy but in my view more meaningful in terms of hemispheric developments because it partially frames the President's view on his role as a regional leader.

What's the take-away, long-term ramifications for region, and short-term impact on Honduras?

US Recognition of Upcoming "Elections"

Al,

 

I understand that you've been busy in recent weeks preparing for the SoAJ, but I think you've been conspicuously quiet regarding the US State Department's reversal on its stance towards Honduras.  Until this point I think you've been very fair and measured in your analysis of the US's role in this crisis thus far, but certainly the fact that Tom Shannon and others in the administration have made clear that they plan to recognize the results of this sham "election" on Nov. 29th election regardless of whether or not Zelaya is reinstated, merits strong condemnation and real skepticism as to how willing or able the Obama Administration is towards fundamentally changing this nation's Latin America policy. 

 

Now granted, the "elections" haven't happened yet, so perhaps there's still a slim chance the administration could change its mind and maybe this "state of emergency" could play a role, ironically enough.  But otherwise, to me this is a clear message from the US that right-wing elites are still free to usurp elected leaders who are unfriendly to their interests and maintain their monopoly on wealth and power, so long as they are willing to play the waiting game.  

 

Thoughts?

-RMK

How true is it...

What La Jornada reported about Zelaya saying the Obama administration negotiated with republicans some cabinet confirmations in exchange for changing it's stance on the Honduras conflict?

Link below:

http://www.jornada.unam.mx/ultimas/2009/11/23/eu-abandono-la-lucha-por-r...

 

Cheers,

 

Alex

New analytic piece up at Daily Kos

Part 2 of my piece on Honduras is up at Daily Kos. This should be of special interest, because it provides a timeline and a digest of the legal analysis, plus a bonus section on how research at the Library of Congress has been corrupted. All with references.

"Letter From Honduras - An Old Fashioned Coup" (The New Yorker)

Hello Al,

Thought your readers would be interested in the following article from William Finnegan, for the latest issue of the New Yorker. I haven't finished it yet, but it's not so bad.

"Letter From Honduras - An Old Fashioned Coup" (The New Yorker)

Full text not available yet. But here is an interview with the writer -  http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2009/11/william-finnegan-...

Immanuel Wallerstein's analysis

Wallerstein's latest essay November 15, 2009 is titled Obama, Bush & Latin American Coups. Wallerstein starts his essay:  "Something strange is happening in Latin America. The Latin American right forces are poised to do better during the U.S. presidency of Barack Obama than they did during the eight years of George W. Bush."

Wallerstein discusses the anomoly from the standpoint of U.S. electoral dynamics, Republican/Democratic constituency shifts, priorities and the economy.

http://fbc.binghamton.edu/commentr.htm

Sunday....bloody Sunday.

I hope the title of my post isn´t a true reflection of the outcome of Sunday´s events but telling from the already noticeable difference in the environment of Tegucigalpa I think some incidents will arise....there has been very tight security at the airport (police scanning everyone entering and leaving the main doors of the airport) as well as a much stronger presents of military and police in the streets. Thankfully my entire family has decided not to vote, do to the fact that we don´t support the golpista´s and the fact that we fear for our safety out there in the streets. We will be safely tucked behind the tall walls of our house. I think we all know that this ¨free and democratic¨election is doomed before it even begins.

 

The people who cast the votes don't decide an election, the people who count the votes do.

Joseph Stalin

Here´s more insight into

Here´s more insight into the recent actions & preparations of the golpistas.

http://www.quotha.net/node/581

Honduran Military Press Gangs?

@ 2 daytomorrow  Thank you for your on the ground reporting and the link to http://www.quotha.net/node/581 I found the article both distressing about the ongoing terrible repression and genocide to the Honduran people and an encouraging analysis of the end game.

I wonder what it says about where the military is in terms of Al's onion peeling analysis that apparently the Honduran military is having to resort to press gangs for forcible conscription?  "In the city of Danlí, several youths were kidnapped by the army, causing terror among the population which fears for their lives. According to their families' claims, they have been forcibly conscripted for military service."

When was the last time you ever heard about any governmental entity employing Napoleonic era Press Gangs to man its military!!!  The Royal Navy practice of impressing American merchant seaman was one of the reasons leading up to the War of 1812.  According to Wikipedia the British ended the practice in 1814, so what's impressment doing surfacing in the 21st century in Hondurus?

 

@ Nancy

What´s happened in this country since the coup is very distressing to say the least....it provokes us all to feel both deep sadness and anger all at the same time. As people have said before me, the Honduran people are by nature a peaceful people. The struggle just to survive and provide for their families has been enough to deal with. To now see the people struggling through this repression is heart breaking....where will they go from here? Who really knows. Let´s hope for a better future and for justice to one day prevail in this bitterly corrupt place we call home.

PROTEST to be held in Washington, D.C.

Please spread the word...

http://www.quotha.net/node/586

An interesting photo

Charles spotted this photo in the WSJ the other day -- looks like one of Micheletti's goon-squad victims came to church to confront him and the other elites:  http://phoenixwoman.wordpress.com/2009/11/27/honduras-coup-act-v-day-38/

Of course, expect to see the pro-coup forces spin her as a victim of the resistance.

Re: Immanuel Wallerstein's analysis

This article totally ignores the overt US support for the coup against President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in Haiti in the early days of Bush's presidency.

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