The Acts of the Democracies

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2009

Honduras

In June, the democratically elected president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, is ousted in a military coup and replaced by General Romeo Vasquez.

Many see the hand of the USA behind the removal of the leader that was attempting to improve living conditions for its poorest citizens. There were five clues:

Many countries condemn the coup and state that they will not recognise the new government. Dan Restrepo, the adviser to USA president, Barak Obama, states that it "is waiting to see how things play out" and accuses countries like Venezuela, who have condemned the coup, of interfering.

A United Nations resoltion is passed declaring that Manuel Zelaya is the lawful president of the country. The USA supported the resolution but did not recognise the removal of Manuel Zelaya as a coup d'etat. Had the USA done so, it would have to suspend aid to Honduras.

In November, an election occurs under conditions of intimidation. According to Honduran human rights activist, Berta Oliva, reported by Real News:

"[W]e face a militarized state with a defined and systematic practice against those who oppose the coup, [The coup leaders] have a clear objective, which is to silence and intimidate."

The election results, marked by many abstentions, maintain the coup regime in power. USA ambassador to Honduras, Hugo Llorens, said that the elections "will return Honduras to the path of democracy".

Five activisits against the military governmrnt are assassinated in a Tegucigalpa street by masked men jumping out of a van. The victims where Marcos Vinicio Matute Acosta (39), Kennet Josué Ramírez Rosa (23), Gabriel Antonio Parrales Zelaya (34), Roger Andrés Reyes Aguilar (22), and Isaac Enrique Soto Coello (24).

Another victim, Carlos Turcios, was kidnapped outside his house and was found with head and hands cut off a few days later.

Little of the oppression and murder of opponents is reported in Western media. The USA has troops in the country and has failed to condemn the coup.

© 2017, KryssTal


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