[News] The Second Honduran Coup Came Today Because the First One Failed
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The Second Honduran Coup Came Today Because the First One Failed
September 28, 2009 at 11:05 am
By Al Giordano
D.R. 2009 Latuff, special to The Narco News Bulletin
On the morning of June 28, coup regime soldiers
stomped into the offices of Radio Globo and
Channel 36 in Tegucigalpa and silenced their
transmitters. The two networks filed court orders
to be able to get back on the air. And for the
past three months theyve each been subject to
written orders from the Honduras regime to cease
broadcasting (the journalists, in turn, refused
to be censored) and to paramilitary attacks that
poured acid on their transmitters, and yet they
and their journalists heroically got themselves back on the air rapidly.
On this morning, three months later, it was déjà
vu all over again, as those same military troops
reenacted the battle of June 28, busting down the
doors of both broadcasters and this time removing
their transmitters and equipment. And soldiers
have surrounded both houses of media to prevent the people from retaking them.
This time, due to
coup decree, there is no legal recourse for the
journalists. Under the decree, if a judge even
looks at a motion from those media, he, too, can
be rounded up, arrested and detained. And if
another media reports what happened, it, too, can
be invaded and silenced by force.
Todays do over of the June 28 Honduras coup proves two big truths.
First: that the original coup failed to establish
control over the country and its people. More
than 90 days of nonviolent resistance have
demolished what little support the coup regime
had inside and outside of Honduras, and left them
only with their small core of oligarchs and
security forces to defend their putsch against the majority.
And second: That despite all the regimes
Orwellian talk of how it was a legal coup, how
it was executed to defend the Constitution, and
how the continued broadcasting of critical media
proved it was not a dictatorship, its intention
all along was far more sinister: to erase
democracy and its most basic freedoms in order to
establish autocratic control by a few over 7.5
million Honduran citizens and the lush natural
and human resources in that land.
A significant portion of the Honduran population
has gone underground overnight. Tipped off that
last night their homes would be raided and they
would be hauled off to the soccer stadium in
Tegucigalpa where the regime already holds at
least 75 citizens incommunicado reports of the
use of torture are all the more credible because
the regime wont allow any attorney, doctor or
human rights observer inside the stadium to
inspect other rank-and-file Hondurans opened
their homes to resistance organizers throughout
the country. They are hiding from the regime, but
they are in constant contact with each other, and with our reporters.
Another part of last nights wave of state terror
came in the form of this provocation: Key human
rights leaders and attorneys were notified
anonymously of an alleged roundup of dissidents
at a particular police station in the capital.
They rushed down to look for the detainees, only
to be greeted by the very nervous and heavily
armed station police who had, simultan eously,
received an anonymous phone call telling them
that a mob was on its way there to burn down the
station. Fortunately, cooler minds prevailed and
once the human rights attorneys explained to the
police the message they had received, both sides
figured out it was an attempt trick them into a violent confrontation.
That the regime has to try and fool and
manipulate its own police forces provides an
indication that not all of them are thrilled with the latest decree and events.
This is what the coup plotters always wanted: the
prohibition of constitutional rights and total
authoritarian power in their hands. They tried to
have it both ways for three months defending
themselves to the world with their absurd the
coup is not a coup doublespeak but that
failed. Now theyve gone to Plan B, which unmasks
them for what they are: terrorists, and enemies of democracy and freedom.
Their first coup failed in only three months.
Thats why the date of September 28 now enters
the history books as the second coup attempt in
Honduras of 2009. The second resistance is out
there, regrouping, figuring out its next moves,
and when those moves come, probably soon, well
be reporting their words and deeds, despite the
fact that the coup regime has also just made that reporting illegal, too.
Similarly, our longtime friend and colleague, the
Brazilian cartoonist Latuff, author of the image
above, doesn't take orders from golpistas either.
Today he makes public his email address -
carlos.latuff at gmail.com - and offers support and
his talents at image-making to all members of the
Honduran resistance as the next phase of the struggle begins.
The second coup - today's - came because the
first one failed miserably, as this one will, too.
Update 11:26 a.m. in Tegucigalpa (1:26 p.m. ET):
And another few rings fall away from the coup
regime "onion" of support.
daily Tiempo reports that National Party
presidential candidate Pepe Lobo - who leads in
all polls for the November 29 "election" - has
now spoken out against yesterday's coup decree
and its 45-day suspension of constitutional rights and liberties:
The National Party presidential candidate,
Porfirio Lobo Sosa, lamented what has happened in
the political crisis and after calling upon
Manuel Zelaya Rosales and Roberto Micheletti to
sit down and dialogue, he criticized the
Executive Decree published in the Gaceta that
restricts various freedoms inherent to human beings.
Lobo made those statements after leaving a
meeting that four presidential candidates, a
former president of the nation and various
businessmen had with US Ambassador Hugo Llorens.
The presidential frontrunner confirmed that, in
addition to him, candidates Elvin Santos, Bernard
Martínez and Felicito Avila of the Liberal, the
Innovation and Unity, and the Christian
Democratic parties, respectively, were also present in the meeting.
Lobo Sosa questioned the military curfews and the
emission of the Executive Decree against
individual rights and news organizations because
"they damage the image of the country abroad and directly harm the population."
The meeting with the US Ambassador from which
Lobo emerged to make his first-ever public
criticism of the coup d'etat and its repressive
maneuvers was also attended by former Honduran
President Carlos Flores Facussé, and business
magnate Adolfo Facussé - both who had been
original backers of the June 28 coup attempt. If
either of them follow Lobo into denouncing the
coup and its decree, the "coup onion" would lose
one or more of its most inner and powerful layers of support.
12:12 p.m.: Meanwhile, the anonymous pro-coup
blogger who calls herself La Gringa and
personally approves each and every comment she
allows to be published, has just gone to the
illegal extreme of publishing
open call to assassinate both President Zelaya
and US Ambassador Hugo Llorens. The violent call
is also revealing in its racist and misogynist
language directed at US President Obama and
Secretary of State Clinton, as well as homophobic
fantasies about Zelaya and the Ambassador. I'll
post that comment here because at some point "La
Gringa" may realize that she has just made
herself a party to a crime and may attempt to erase the evidence:
How long will it take the Constitutional
Government to finally expell Llorens? And tell
the monkey and she-dog in Washington to go to
Hell. If Honduras must go down, then for History
the patriots must kill Zelaya and his long-time LOVER Llorens.
May the US Secret Service take notice at what
that supposedly American citizen has just
involved herself in: an open call to assassinate
the US Ambassador and a foreign elected head of
state. We strongly denounce and reject her complicity in such illegal plots.
3:08 p.m.: Steve Benen at Washington Monthly
note of another layer of the coup onion that
seems to have gone silent today: US Congressional Republicans:
WHERE'S THE CONGRESSIONAL COUP CAUCUS NOW?.... In
July, a variety of conservative Republican
lawmakers were outraged by the official U.S.
government opposition to the overthrow of the
democratically elected government in Honduras.
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) officially
the military-backed coup, and a variety of House
Republicans organized a
coup caucus" in support of the new, unelected government.
Oddly enough, we're not hearing much from this
GOP crowd anymore.
<http://www.mcclatchydc.com/227/story/76150.html>I wonder why that is...
When DeMint endorsed the coup, her heralded those
responsible for ousting Zelaya as "guarantee[ing]
freedom." House Committee on Foreign Affairs
Ranking Member Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.)
hosted a private meeting for her Republican
colleagues to "discuss how the U.S. can now work
to support the democratic institutions and rule of law in Honduras."
All of a sudden, these GOP lawmakers don't seem
to be bashing the Obama administration's position anymore. Interesting.
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