Military Using “Brutal” Force Against Anti-Coup Protests in Honduras + Father Roy Bourgeois

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Democracy Now!
July 1, 2009

The ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya is expected to meet with US diplomats in Washington today before attempting to return to Honduras Thursday, five days after being deposed by a military coup. Meanwhile, the streets in Honduras remain tense, and the crackdown on the media has reportedly not been lifted. We go to Honduras to speak with human rights activist, Dr. Juan Almendares. [includes rush transcript]

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Dr. Juan Almendares, Honduran medical doctor and award-winning human rights activist. He is the president of the Honduran Peace Committee, as well as the past secretary of the Coordinating Committee of Popular Organizations. He was an opposition candidate with the Democratic Unification Party during the last presidential elections.

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July 01, 2009

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Generals Who Led Honduras Military Coup Trained at the School of the Americas

Romeo Vasquez, a general who led the military coup in Honduras against President Manuel Zelaya, received training at the US School of the Americas. The SOA has trained more than 60,000 soldiers, many of whom have returned home and committed human rights abuses, torture, extrajudicial execution and massacres. According to School of the Americas Watch, Vasquez attended the SOA in 1976 and 1984. The head of the Air Force, Gen. Luis Javier Prince Suazo, also studied there in 1996. We speak with Father Roy Bourgeois, founder of the School of the Americas Watch. [includes rush transcript]

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What’s Behind the Honduras Coup? Tracing Zelaya’s Trajectory

We take a look at ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya with journalist Nikolas Kozloff, author of Revolution!: South America and the Rise of the New Left. Despite initial conservative leanings, Zelaya took on powerful vested interests in Honduras. “Zelaya] was at odds politically with the Honduran elite for the past few years and had become one of Washington’s fiercest critics in the region,” writes Kozloff. “Even if the Obama Administration did not play an underhanded role in this affair, the Honduran coup highlights growing geo-political tensions in the region.” [includes rush transcript]

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Nikolas Kozloff, journalist and author of Revolution!: South America and the Rise of the New Left. His previous book is Hugo Chávez: Oil, Politics and the Challenge to the U.S. He blogs at senorchichero.blogspot.com

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Military Coup in Honduras + Father Roy: Inside the School of Assassins

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The US and the Honduran coup by Alex Lantier

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The Honduran coup: another US destabilization operation

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  6. Independently of what you are telling is that the people of Honduras elected president Zelaya as their leader in a legal and constitutional way and just that, makes him the representative of that government. The golpistas are taking the coup resource from an illegal position of insurrection, against a legitimate government, of a minority against the will of the majority; which was manifested and won the election in a democratic process and not a coup. So, if the golpistas want to get the government for their purposes they should be obligated to do it legally as their opponents, president Zelaya and his followers, did it and not by the ruling of a corrupted supreme court composed by members of the same elitist rich golpistas backed by an army of mercenaries.

    If the Honduran’s government proposes changes in the constitution through a legal voting process it is its legal right to do so, and if the people are against it, the people has to manifest it by getting out on the streets and make the government know their opposition that way. But here the case is anything like that. What it is going on in Honduras is that a faction of the population representing the elite of the rich and powerful, a complete minority, backed by armed mercenaries and the rule of a corrupted sipreme court, had started a tacit civil war against the legitimate government of Honduras an the will of the people. This is what the truth is about Honduras right now. Your Chavez-type of populist tale, is the “boggy man” trickery that the fascist right had been using all over Latin America to scare people and to commit all sort of crimes against freedom and the democratic political process in the region. If populism, socialism and even communism is what the people of those countries want, and they achieve them by democratic meanings as voting elections, that is what they should get and not the illegal and criminal imposition of a minority that only cares for their interest and privileges. I pray to the God of justice and mercy, the Lord Jesus Christ that the criminal and liars that had acted against the will of the Hondurans will be ousted completely from the government of Honduras and their unjustly taken privileges through a military coup and other violent actions in the past. I ask to God, also, in the name of Jesus Christ, that this will be done in all the countries of the world where this kind of abusive policies had been and are being imposed by groups of privilege acting against the prosperity and the security of all the people of Nations, amen.

  7. The Honduran constitution, which contains 375 articles, can be amended by a two-thirds majority vote in congress. However, there are eight “firm articles” which cannot be amended. These include presidential term limits, system of government that is permitted and process of presidential succession. Since the president has the ability to amend the remaining 368 provisions by means of a congressional majority.

    This looks like a progress toward a Chavez-type populist dictatorship has been stopped in it’s tracks. Hopefully.

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