Dutch vice-consul in Honduras reprimanded for coup support

Dutch publication Elsevier reported that the Dutch vice-consul in Tegucigalpa and family of the Honorary Consul, Ms. C.M. Klück-Baas, has been reprimanded by the Dutch Foreign Ministry for signing a letter by Dutch citizens to the Foreign Minister in support of the military coup.

The Dutch group claimed that elected president Manuel Zelaya had been deposed legally and justifiably for violating the constitution and being corrupt as well as being late in filing an annual budget. The rejection of the coup by the Netherlands government and the European Union is, the Dutch group wrote, a "scandalous injustice".

An Honorary Consul typically manages consular affairs in the host country without receiving a salary. In Central America, they are usually from the banking community. Neither a consul nor his staff are supposed to meddle in political affairs in the host country. Even so, the letter was signed by a number of family members of the Honorary Consul as well.

A spokesman of the Dutch Foreign Ministry is quoted in the Elsevier story saying that although the Dutch expats are free to voice their opinion, the vice-consul has been reprimanded for signing the missive. The Dutch government rejects the military coup and doesn't recognize the Micheletti government.

The Dutch expat support for military juntas comes on top of that of a group of American expats, notably one "la gringa" who writes anonymously on her blogcito and this week published a comment calling for assassination of the US ambassador to Honduras (a day later, only after others called for the US Secret Service to investigate, she removed the threat). This is typically the expat environment that tells journalists like yours truly that they are "too negative" and should stay out of political affairs in the countries they report on, claiming that "we're only guests here".

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Okke Ornstein is an investigative journalist and an award-winning TV producer. He has an instinctive tendency to dig below the surface of things. He has filed stories for major media like NTR, Radio Netherlands, Het Parool, de Volkskrant and Newsmax. In late 2013, he traveled with a Dutch organization to Syria and covered the first European humanitarian flight there. He returned to Syria in 2015 as part of extensive coverage of the war in that country and the refugee crisis it provoked. For both radio and print media, he traveled with Iraqi and Syrian refugees from Greece to Germany and Holland.

Currently based in his home country of the Netherlands, Ornstein previously worked from Panama, where in November 2016 he was imprisoned for blogging about fraud and corruption. Released on a presidential pardon the following month, he continues to face baseless prosecutions in Panama and therefore plans to sue the country in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, for ongoing violations of due process and human rights. Learn more about Ornstein’s legal battles at freeokkeornstein.org. His own site is at ornstein.org.

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Okke Ornstein is an investigative journalist and an award-winning TV producer. He has an instinctive tendency to dig below the surface of things. He has filed stories for major media like NTR, Radio Netherlands, Het Parool, de Volkskrant and Newsmax. In late 2013, he traveled with a Dutch organization to Syria and covered the first European humanitarian flight there. He returned to Syria in 2015 as part of extensive coverage of the war in that country and the refugee crisis it provoked. For both radio and print media, he traveled with Iraqi and Syrian refugees from Greece to Germany and Holland.

Currently based in his home country of the Netherlands, Ornstein previously worked from Panama, where in November 2016 he was imprisoned for blogging about fraud and corruption. Released on a presidential pardon the following month, he continues to face baseless prosecutions in Panama and therefore plans to sue the country in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, for ongoing violations of due process and human rights. Learn more about Ornstein’s legal battles at freeokkeornstein.org. His own site is at ornstein.org.