Honduran President Ousted in Coup


President Manuel Zelaya was arrested early on Sunday, June 28 by a 12-member Honduran military team. Some 200 soldiers, supported by tanks, arrived at Mr. Zelaya’s residence at dawn and surrounded the presidential palace amidst hundreds of protesters. Police used tear gas to disperse the crowd, and Mr. Zelaya was transported to an air force base on the outskirts of Tegucigalpa and flown into exile to San Jose, Costa Rica. – hondurasthisweek.com

In an article publish today, Honduran President Jose Manuel Zelaya told Spain’s El Pais that a planned attempt to wrest power him was thwarted after the United States declined to back the move. It would seem Zelays spoke too quickly, as a second coup attempt was successful. Further details regarding roll America played in that incident are unclear at this time.

President Zelaya had promised to put a referendum on the ballot that would decide on changes in Honduras’ electoral laws. The Supreme Court had previously ruled that the referendum was illegal. Around 100 Zelaya supporters protested the arrest by blocking the gates to the presidential palace and throwing stones at soldiers.

Sunday’s events followed a tumultuous week where some 70 percent of the population lives in poverty. At the crux of the current political crisis was the referendum. After the Supreme Court ruled the poll illegal, the country’s top military commander, Gen. Romeo Vasquez Velasquez, told the president that the military would not support the referendum.

In response, Zelaya on Wednesday said he would fire Vasquez.

The next day, the Supreme Court stepped in again and ruled that the general’s dismissal was unconstitutional. Initially, Zelaya referred to the court as the “supreme court of injustice,” but later reaffirmed that Vasquez still held his military post.

Determined to hold the referendum, the president on Thursday led a protest to the military base where the ballots were being housed and took possession of them — the same ballots that the military re-seized Sunday morning.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said troops in Honduras temporarily detained the Venezuelan and Cuban ambassadors and beat them.

In separate appearances Sunday, Zelaya, Chavez and Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said the military also detained Honduran Foreign Minister Patricia Rodas, further raising regional tensions.

Speaking in Havana, Cuba, Rodriguez said the Cuban, Venezuelan and Nicaraguan ambassadors to Honduras had tried but were unable to protect Rodas from a group of masked soldiers who forcibly took her from their grasp.

“If they attack our ambassadors, they will be declaring a state of war,” Chavez said. “If they have weapons, then we have weapons, too.”

“This was a brutal kidnapping of me with no justification,” Zelaya said. He called the coup an attack on Honduran democracy. “There are ways to protest without arms,” Zelaya said.

Much of the capital was without electricity on Sunday and residents stood on long lines to buy kerosene for home generators. Military tanks patrolled the streets and military planes flew overhead. Soldiers were on guard at all the main government buildings and military trucks dropped off police at strategic crossings throughout the city, residents said.

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Hugo Chávez vows to ‘bring them down’ after seeing Honduran ally ousted in military coup

Speaking on Venezuelan state television, Chávez, who has long championed the left in Latin America, said he would do everything necessary to reverse the coup against his close ally. He said he would respond militarily if his envoy to Honduras was attacked or kidnapped.

“I have put the armed forces of Venezuela on alert,” he said on state television.

Chávez said Honduran soldiers took away the Cuban ambassador and left the Venezuelan ambassador on the side of a road after beating him during the coup.

If a new government was sworn in it would be defeated, Chávez said. “We will bring them down, we will bring them down, I tell you,” he said.

Rafael Correa, Ecuador’s president, said he would support military action if his country’s diplomats or those of its allies were threatened.

THIS JUST IN… from a Honduran who works at the embassy of an asian country in the capital of Honduras, Tegucigalpa.

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One thought on “Honduran President Ousted in Coup

  1. I am glad it happened in my country that I love so much, Honduras, we could not allow ourselves to fourth on the right for us to express our concern and annoyance to something illegal, such as the fourth box, for non-Hondurans, we have a constitution which must be respected and all without exception, even the president, we must act on what they dictated. Mel Zelaya, is just a puppet of Hugo Chavez, under any concept we want to end up like Venezuela, Cuba or Nicaragua, our country has become a total financial turmoil, Mel has just le disque imported this consultation by the people, my questions are, If he cared so much for the people not paying to put the epidemic of influenza, to people affected by the earthquake, the incredible unemployment due to the global crisis? It is very sad as some Hondurans defend this sort of thing, are they who betrayed the homeland and sold. Support our President
    Micheleti as the majority of Hondurans. I hope and trust in God that world can see so many violations to our Constitution that the president committed Mel Zelaya of Honduras. A BETTER TIME TO restlessness, that a lifetime under the mandate of an ignorant, clowns and puppets ESPECIALLY ONE THAT disrespectful gets into internal affairs of the country as he is it’s up to you. VIVA VIVA HONDURAS AND OUR CONSTITUTION.

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