Day Three: Democracy Held Hostage in Honduras
By Al Giordano
Andrew Sullivan has asked aloud for English-writing bloggers from Honduras to send him their reports. Sadly, what he’ll likely get is a mountain of the upper-class “oligarch diaspora” propaganda from those that are the overwhelming majority of that small minority of folks that speak English in or around Honduras. With the state of siege underway in Honduras, they’re making up every falsehood possible to defend an indefensible coup d’etat. We've beat these types when they've tried it before: reason and fact will prevail again. An all-out information war has exploded on the Internet. So if you’re able to translate important reports from Spanish and send them to Andrew, the very widely read blogger who does have good in him, maybe you can help unspin the propaganda. CC me on your missives if you like.
A lot of it will be from Honduran equivalents of disgraced professional simulator Francisco Toro, the Venezuelan 2002 coup supporter who wrote a decrepitly dishonest essay published by The New Republic today about Honduras. The cockroaches are coming out of the woodwork. Sunlight, now as ever, will be our disinfectant! In 2003, when Narco News was exposing Toro’s undisclosed conflicts-of-interest as a member of the Venezuelan opposition while writing for the New York Times, he abruptly resigned after just one month as a Timesman. Now that there’s a coup to support in Honduras, he’s baaaaaack. Memo to The New Republic: Did Toro disclose his history of undisclosed conflicts of interest when submitting that embarrassingly pro-coup screed?
Today in Honduras, various important things happened. The illegitimate “president,” Roberto Micheletti, convened a rally (see photo above) where he stood side by side with the military general that led the violent coup. So much for the spin that the generals handed over the reins to civilian authorities: the coup has expanded their power vastly. The pro-coup event generated a decent sized – but not all that impressive considering all the power at its command - crowd. Employees of pro-coup businesses were forced to attend, and bussed in. Anyone who saw it on TV could tell it was not grassroots, but Astroturf: they had clean little Honduran flags and very few homemade signs. And compare the lily white gang on that stage with any other photo of the Honduran population! It was the "escualidos" all over again, Honduras chapter.
Meanwhile, watch this video of what his troops were doing to the media while he launched his campaign to deny that he had committed a coup:
You don’t need to speak Spanish to “get” the gist of it. (And if you understand just some Spanish, these are radio guys and gals: they speak very clearly and coherently.) Just watch the body language of the reporters describing the beatings they got and the positions the soldiers forced them into while they destroyed Honduras’ biggest radio chain Globo’s transmitter and took them off the air.
Members of the media: When you defend or make apologies or excuses for this coup, you are enabling that level of violence and repression against media workers just like you.
Later, Dictator-for-Three-Days Micheletti called a “cadena nacional,” decreeing that all TV stations in the country would broadcast his second speech of the day live. There, he announced that the military curfew – initially said to be just for two nights – will now be extended for five more nights, that no Honduran may leave his or her home from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. this week.
He sent his attorney general on a TV tour to announce that the coup government had compiled 18 charges against President Zelaya – including treason, for, get this, wanting to reform the Constitution – and that if Zelaya makes good on his pledge to return to Honduras on Thursday he will be arrested “the moment he steps on Honduran soil.”
That was followed by another “cadena nacional,” this time with the president of the Supreme Court offering legal imprimatur for the illegal coup d’etat.
Meanwhile, here are some translations of Twitter messages from Honduras by others who watched Day Three of this travesty unfold:
Looking at the coup’s charges against Zelaya, tomorrow they’ll blame him for climate change, AIDS and hunger in the world.
Commerce is blocked in #Honduras. Will the businessmen unite to pressure for the return of Zelaya to avoid more losses?
The Facebook page of Manuel Zelaya can be read; Roberto Micheletti just wants your “estado” (in Spanish, “estado” is the same word for “status” as for “state”)
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Look at this video with images that COWARDLY JOURNALISTS would never dare show you http://bit.ly/4oOXaU
Excellent photo gallery showing the repression by the military coup http://tinyurl.com/mx3mdz
In these moments #Honduras has reinstituted the signal of CNN in exchange that it read letters of support for the coup. TeleSur, to the contrary, remains censored.
CNN interviews the attorney general of #Honduras. Really, in seriousness, I ask: How did these guys that are such imbeciles succeed in a coup. Gorillas!
“From what I know there has not been one death, not one arrest,” says the attorney general of #Honduras. Clearly he’s lying in the face of the evidence.
The attorney general of #Honduras doesn’t know how to expl ain why Zelaya now faces criminal charges after they first exiled him to another country. A pathetic cabinet…
#Honduras must question what is the benefit of having an Army in a poor country. It seems that it only serves for coups d’etat.
Micheletti: "Cuban doctors will recieve hospitality and are welcome to stay."
Micheletti: “Thank you for your support. I will lower the minimum wage, maintain the curfew and I won’t let the impoverished hoardes bother your luxury automobiles.”
What was the point of that last “cadena”?
President of the Supreme Court is now on “cadena nacional”
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The World Bank and the Interamerican Development Bank have suspended their loans and credits to #Honduras
We already have the UN, the OAS, SICA, ALBA, World Bank, Interamerican Bank, and PetroCaribe, among many… who is still missing from those that refuse and repudate the coup?
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