Honduras Update (9/22, 11PM edt): Insurrection, UN Security Council, One More Dead
I have been looking through news articles, websites, and Twitter messages tonight to see if I could come up with information that characterizes the state of Honduras and the National Resistance. Here’s what I have:
-It appears that there are resistance actions taking place throughout the country, presumably in defiance of the curfew. The website Honduras Resiste y Vence states that the people of Honduras are in full insurrection including the following places:
martes 22 de septiembre de 2009
TODA HONDURAS INSURRECTA!!!!!! AQUI NO SE RINDE NADIE!!!!!
Hay insurrección popular en:
Triunfo de la Cruz
San Juan Tela
San Pedro Sula
y otros……..y llega la noche……… y Morazán Vigila!!!!!
Publicado por resistenciamorazan en 17:00
-The toque de queda or curfew was extended from 6PM this evening until 6AM tomorrow morning.
-Repression by police and military is increasing markedly. A 16 year-old kid was shot and killed in the neighborhood of Las Colinas late this afternoon after having yelled at the military “golpistas, traidores.”
This picture was taken on the streets of Tegucigalpa today. From the Mirada de Halcon website
-Brazil has asked the US to convene a special meeting of the UN Security Council tomorrow during the annual meeting at UN Headquarters in NY to discuss the current situation in Honduras
-Dr. Juan Almanderes has written an open letter (in Spanish) to the President of the UN General Assembly regarding the situation in Honduras. You can read the letter at the Habla Honduras website.
-A few members of President Zelaya’s cabinet including Patricia Rodas were supposed to have held a press conference today in New York but I can’t find any confirmation that it took place. Here’s the press announcement that I found on the Honduran embassy (in Washington) blog.
-President Zelaya is still at the Brazilian embassy as are about 70 of his supporters. Combined with the embassy staff, that makes about 300 people. Although, different reports have come out through the day,the electricity seems to have been cut at least temporarily if not completely. Of course, no one can leave and that means no food is getting in. All of this is terribly reminiscent of a gusano siege of the Cuban embassy during the 2002 coup in Venezuela. More on that in another post.