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HONDURAS: State-Sponsored Killing and Maiming and US State Department-Sponsored Lying

July 31, 2009

Look, no one is confused.  Not the Hondurans and not folks here in the US.  We know the US is up to its armpits in this coup and has been collaborating for months with the most anti-democratic segments of Honduran society to accomplish it.  When there are people dying in the streets of Tegucigalpa, when people are beaten so badly that the blood streaming down their faces makes them unrecognizeable, when people are detained and under curfew for days, when the Honduran National Police can fire live rounds at the motel where the First Lady of Honduras is staying, when we know what is going on because we have pictures and video of it all, and when the US  knows what we know, we do not want the State Department to insult the intelligence of the people of Honduras or of the US with its slithering, lying spokesman.  The blood is on your hands and, yes, we may have some pictures.



QUESTION: A quick question on Honduras?

MR. CROWLEY: Mm-hmm.

QUESTION: You’re – are you concerned about the pace of the negotiations, particularly in light of Mr. Micheletti’s comments that under no circumstances will Zelaya be allowed to take possession of the government?

MR. CROWLEY: Well, the mediation efforts of President Arias continue. I would also say there are OAS meetings going on today here in Washington regarding the current situation in Honduras. We continue to believe that the agreement, or the points that President Arias have put forward provide the best opportunity to resolve the situation. We encourage both the de facto regime and President Zelaya to accept the terms that President Arias has laid out.

Ambassador Llorens saw President Zelaya yesterday in Nicaragua for an important meeting, but at this point, President Arias has put an effective plan on the table and we continue to encourage the two sides to accept it.


QUESTION: But do you oppose Micheletti’s flat comments like these, that under no circumstances will Zelaya be allowed to return?

MR. CROWLEY: Well, at various times in the last few days, you have heard conflicting reports. Our message to Micheletti and to Zelaya are clear: President Arias has put forward an effective resolution to the crisis, and we encourage both sides to accept it.

QUESTION: Thank you.

QUESTION: Thank you.

(The briefing was concluded at 1:55 p.m.)

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