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Army take street in Honduras - whiffs of Coup d'Etat

category international | politics / elections | news report author Friday June 26, 2009 14:09author by iosaf Report this post to the editors

Of course news attention is overwhelmingly focussed today on the passing of the king of pop, Michael Jackson. We are even told that global internet traffic slowed whilst humanity came to terms with its loss. However, hard as it is believe and as impalatable as it may be for some to stomach, in poorer countries life has appeared to have gone as normal.

General Romeo Vasquez chief of staff of the Honduran army put tanks on the streets surrounding the presidential palace where democratically elected Mr Manuel Zelaya lives and up till yesterday was mostly worrying about winning a referendum which will allow him to be re-elected and sit more terms.

Zelaya reckons his proposed recipe of drug legalisation or decriminalisation will reduce the 12 death a day average in Honduras which is a key transit point for cocaine leaving the south American continent for its market on the north American continent. Honduras is thus quite logically located in central America which is between the north and south continents.

Fortuanately people all over the world who have never really been tickled by the Michael Jackson phenomema did take notice of the saber rattling and in the last hours messages of support have been sent from friendly left wing regimes across Latin America. Alas, this just goes to vindicate what the army are saying : that the Honduran presidency which didn't really have such a big majority in the 2005 elections is part and parcel of the Cuban, Venezuelan, Bolivian, Nicaraguan axis of red t-shirts.

c/f coup d'etat special from TeleSur the Latin American satelite channel

It is reported that President Zelaya is staying put in his palace and general Vasquez appears if not to be staying put in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa is certainly not going away and back to barracks in a great hurry. Nonetheless election officials have distributed ballot papers and urns to more than 5,000 electoral centres today. Zelaya speaking on telly from Tegucigalpa has called on Hondurans to make sure their voices are heard this Sunday (when they are expected to vote).

Moreover, Zelaya has dismissed both his minister of Defence and said chief of staff.

It might be recalled by some that during the 1980's when Michael Jackson was at its zenith, the IranContra scandal broke in Washington and the USA using the Honduran military intefered in neighbouring Nicaragua & El Salvador. (c/f ) The now offically ex chief of staff of the Honduran military afore mentioned General Romeo Vasquez was a lower ranking army officer at that time.

Zelaya is now in the unusual position of having assumed the ministry of defence and the traditionally military role of chief of staff until he appoints replacements. This really doesn't appear to analysts to be a 100% leak proof solution to discontent in the Honduran military. Rather, it seems a foolish move, for there is one thing soldiers like - and that's a chain of command. Take away their chain of command and they get itchy in different ways. It ought not be surprising if by Sunday evening non-constitutional elements in the lower ranking officers of the Honduran army have emerged. For traditionally it is from lower ranking officers that most serious threats to constitutionalism are seen.

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 #   Title   Author   Date 
   axis of evil... o say can you hear...     ogi    Sat Jun 27, 2009 01:59 
   OAS (org of American states) supports Honduran gov & will send observers for vote tomorrow.     iosaf    Sat Jun 27, 2009 13:28 
   Honduran Army has expelled President Zelaya -he's now exiled in Costa Rica =Coup d'etat fait acompli     iosaf    Sun Jun 28, 2009 17:45 
   Where is Roberto Micheletti? & what is his job? acting constitutional president? putschist? hostage?     iosaf    Sun Jun 28, 2009 19:48 
   "making things legal" : Supreme Court ordered Military to depose Zelaya     iosaf    Sun Jun 28, 2009 20:57 
   what really happened     bastet    Mon Jun 29, 2009 06:11 
   Honduran Unions call general strike - hostage Patricia Rodas exiled to Mexico.     iosaf    Mon Jun 29, 2009 09:53 
   We are moving closer rather than further from seeing a war in Latin America.     iosaf    Mon Jun 29, 2009 11:32 
   what really happened.     bastet    Mon Jun 29, 2009 16:45 
 10   Hondurans are glad Manuel Zelaya is gone     calizze    Mon Jun 29, 2009 19:03 
 11   What happened and is happening is a gross violation of international law & the Honduran constitution     iosaf    Mon Jun 29, 2009 19:07 
 12   Now let's examine the "why is this happening" from our international perspective (1) : Drugs     iosaf mac diarmada    Mon Jun 29, 2009 20:05 
 13   what really happened     bastet    Tue Jun 30, 2009 02:24 
 14   Lots of them 20somethings about this evening     zzzz    Tue Jun 30, 2009 02:50 
 15   I think the coup is fucked     xcxc    Tue Jun 30, 2009 03:18 
 16   How can the rogue Honduran state get out of its mess & Zelaya return?     iosaf    Tue Jun 30, 2009 10:46 
 17   Zelaya will return (possibly Thursday) with OAS secretary general - will also address UN assembly     iosaf    Tue Jun 30, 2009 12:06 
 18   Disgusting Mealy Mouthed Irish Times Editorial today     ec    Tue Jun 30, 2009 14:23 
 19   Democracy now in Honduras     democracy now!    Tue Jun 30, 2009 18:57 
 20   Now let's examine the "why is this happening" from our international perspective (2) : Bananas     iosaf mac diarmada    Tue Jun 30, 2009 19:06 
 21   The U.N. Assembly has received President Zelaya and approved resolution on his reinstatement     iosaf    Tue Jun 30, 2009 19:36 
 22   Whos behind coup + Spain and France recalling ambassadors from Honduras     dunk    Wed Jul 01, 2009 15:24 
 23   School of the Americas, Honduran graduates & OAS 72 hour deadline.     iosaf    Wed Jul 01, 2009 16:19 
 24   gray areas     ?    Wed Jul 01, 2009 16:23 
 25   really off topic & incorrect anyway - Cuba was excluded for Marxism/Leninism & hasn't rejoined.     -    Wed Jul 01, 2009 16:48 
 26   Honduran Rogue government suspends rights guaranteed under the constitution = "state of exception".     iosaf    Thu Jul 02, 2009 12:49 
 27   As Hondurans are oppressed & stripped of rights - how much is this in Obama's back yard?     iosaf mac diarmada    Thu Jul 02, 2009 22:09 
 28   Updates on what's happening in Obama's back yard as OAS sec. gen. arrives in Honduras.     iosaf    Fri Jul 03, 2009 21:51 
 29   Rogue Honduras told OAS Sec.Gen. they're leaving anyway-no point to expelling them. waste of aflight     iosaf    Sat Jul 04, 2009 13:17 
 30   Zelaya announces flight back to Honduras tomorrow.     iosaf    Sat Jul 04, 2009 22:13 
 31   beeb cover     link    Sun Jul 05, 2009 13:29 
 32   At 4pm yesterday 19 year old Isis was shot through the neck.     iosaf    Mon Jul 06, 2009 12:20 
 33   Honduras saw the blood of their children     dunk    Mon Jul 06, 2009 18:19 
 34   guitar playing cowboy hat wearing Mel - liked by many Hondurans and neighbouring Latinos it seems     dunk    Mon Jul 06, 2009 18:37 
 35   Updates on how Zelaya is going back with or with the Mr Del Monte hat     iosaf    Tue Jul 07, 2009 21:35 
 36   Zelaya is going back......... but are the political prisoners getting out?     iosaf mac diarmada    Wed Jul 08, 2009 23:36 
 37   The 7 points presently being negotiated to end the Coup d'etat & news.     iosaf mac diarmada    Sun Jul 19, 2009 16:14 
 38   Gorilas reject 7 point settlement (last comment) as Sandinista revolution anniversary attacks Arias     iosaf mac diarmada    Mon Jul 20, 2009 09:27 
 39   Coup Regime Rejects Own Negotiator’s Proposal on Zelaya Return     democracy now    Wed Jul 22, 2009 17:02 
 40   Colombia's Uribe has met with the usurping Honduran regime = ¿mutual legitimisation?     iosaf    Wed Jul 22, 2009 22:15 
 41   Hondurans break Military Cordon on Nicaraguan border as Zelaya returns     iosaf    Fri Jul 24, 2009 21:10 
 42   President Zelaya is now at a border crossing with Honduras     iosaf    Fri Jul 24, 2009 21:40 
 43   President Zelaya has crossed the border & is now on Honduras which he's the legitimate president of     iosaf    Fri Jul 24, 2009 23:11 
 44   Zelaya has returned to the Nicaragua after rallying supporters briefy on Honduran soil     iosaf    Fri Jul 24, 2009 23:49 
 45   Paso a paso, step by step     dunk    Sat Jul 25, 2009 10:16 
 46   Pedro Ezequiel's body has been found. He was a little man who went to see his president return     iosaf    Sun Jul 26, 2009 18:05 
 47   UN mission on way to border mess : usurpers prevent HR briefing & debate 7 points     iosaf    Tue Jul 28, 2009 11:33 
 48   Nike, Adidas, GAP & Knights Apparal with Zelaya in the little man's shoes.     iosaf    Wed Jul 29, 2009 12:12 
 49   Calls for Dissent in Honduras met with huge police resistance     dunk    Mon Aug 03, 2009 13:27 
 50   Obama the Joker     comic fancier    Tue Aug 04, 2009 14:02 
 51   Two Zelaya Supporters Die + Zelaya Takes Case to International Criminal Court     DN! Headlines    Tue Aug 04, 2009 14:36 
 52   Global day of action, protest & repudiation of the coup d'etat in Honduras & US bases : August 28th     iosaf    Wed Aug 26, 2009 21:20 

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