Honduran National Resistance Update 10/17
>Another member of the resistance has died. Saturday 10/15 – President of Union of INFOP Workers Jairo Sanchez wounded by a bullet by the police in a protest of the resistance died today at noon in Tegucigalpa.
By Paola Flores (CP) – 2 hours ago
COCHABAMBA, Bolivia — Leaders of a bloc of leftist Latin American governments urged the international community Saturday to reject the presidential election planned by Honduras’ interim government next month.
The leaders of the Boliviarian Alternative group also denounced Colombia’s plan to give the U.S. military expanded use of bases in that South American nation, calling it a threat to the region’s security.
In a joint statement issued at the end of the two-day ALBA meeting, the leaders criticized the coup-installed government in Honduras and urged the world’s nations to continue pressing for the reinstatement of ousted President Manuel Zelaya.
“No electoral process held under the coup-installed government, or the authorities that emerge from it, can be recognized by the international community,” the statement said. It added that “it is fundamental to drive a diplomatic offensive and to promote forceful actions for the total re-establishment of the constitutional” order in Honduras.
On Friday, the nine-nation ALBA bloc – formed by socialist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez – approved more economic sanctions against Honduras to punish the interim government led by Roberto Micheletti.
Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega said the bloc urged Zelaya’s supporters to peacefully resist the coup-installed government. But Chavez several times argued that people have a right to rebel.
The ALBA leaders also said they rejected the “installation of military bases of the United States in Latin America and the Caribbean,” saying they “endanger the peace, threaten democracy and facilitate the hegemonic interference” of the U.S. in the region’s affairs.
“The government of Colombia must reconsider the installation of these military bases,” the statement said.
Chavez called the bases a “threat to all of us.”
The ALBA leaders also called for an “International Tribunal of Climate Justice” that would presumably seek to oblige rich countries to pay “damages” for their disproportionate consumption of fossil fuels.
They urged the U.N. climate change conference in December to “approve mechanisms to compensate countries that preserve, protect and conserve their forests.”
Earlier in the day, the leaders said they would explore creating state-sponsored food and mining multinational companies and stop using the U.S. dollar for trade among member states starting next year.
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Matamoros was fired from her job in the Secretariat of Natural Resources and Environment for being part of the Resistance and for supporting President Manuel Zelaya.
Lots of stuff today!
>Honduras Coup 2009 has posted the latest proposals for both the President and Micheletti regarding the
“recognition of state” powers.
>TeleSURtv.net - Zelaya warns that the de facto regime is preparing to commit fraud in the Honduran elections (In Spanish) >Hondurans for Democracy Protest Washington DC., Monday, October 19, 2009 Posted by hondurasemb in Coup d'etat, Press Freedoms. comments closed Protest against paid DC backers of Honduras coup Monday Oct 19 What? A protest in front of the DC-based lobbying firm that has been hired by the Honduran coup regime. Why? On June 28 the democratically elected President of Honduras Mr Manuel Zelaya was kidnapped and exiled at gunpoint. Swiftly after, a coup regime led by Mr Roberto Micheletti, illegally grabbed power. Since that time there have been hundreds of human rights violations at the hands of the military and police (under the orders of Mr Micheletti). Hundreds of peasants, teachers, youth, and others opposed to the coup have been arbitrarily beaten, jailed without due process, and a few dozen have been charged with sedition. Fourteen Hondurans, among them leaders of groups opposing the coup, have died as a result of police repression or have been assassinated under circumstances that point to the regime. Journalists have been threatened, attacked, and detained. In its most egregious attempt at quieting the opposition to the coup, Mr Micheletti suspended last month Hondurans’ freedoms of speech and assembly, among others. The regime shut down two opposing media outlets. What is happening in Honduras echoes a history of coups, violence, and repression in Latin America that should not be repeated. The coup regime of Honduras has hired the services of Chlopak, Leonard, Schechter & Associates to clean up its image in the U.S. A copy of the contract can be found on the Department of Justice’s web site: http://www.fara.gov/docs/5774-Exhibit-AB-20090918-7.pdf. It is outrageous that in this day and age a US lobbying firm can take up the case of an egregiously violent and repressive regime and serve as a channel to U.S. politicians, newsmakers, and commentators. Chlopak’s implicit endorsement of the regime’s record of human rights violations is simply unacceptable. It requires a clear and concise response from Hondurans and supporters in the DC area. Where? In front of the offices of Chlopak, Leonard, Schechter & Associates 1850 M Street NW, Washington, DC Closest Metro Station: Dupont (Dupont South Exit) When? Monday, October 19, 2009, 12.30 – 1.30 PM For questions: Mario Ramos (en español) email@example.com / 301.842.4520 Sergio Moncada (in English) firstname.lastname@example.org / 202.431.1729 Beth Geglia (in English) email@example.com / 202.256.5263" http://hondurasemb.org/ >Position of El Frente Nacional Contra el Golpe de Estado concerning the Guaymuras Dialoge (In Spanish) >HRW denouncing de facto regime for placing obstacles in the way of their investigation of human rights abuses. (In Spanish)>James A. Baker III – For a Solution in Honduras, Look to Nicaragua – washingtonpost.com (Ay Dios Mio! It’s bad enough that Lanny Davis has ideas about how to “resolve” the crisis
in Honduras, but now James Baker, Daddy Bush’s secretary of state, thinks the Nicaraguan option
is the best way out.)
A Fair Plan For Honduras A Lesson from Nicaragua Could Solve This Crisis By James A. Baker III Saturday, October 17, 2009 The writer was secretary of state from 1989 to 1992.
Escrito por Ray
sábado, 17 de octubre de 2009
17 de octubre de 2009, 11:53Imagen de muestraCochabamba, Bolivia Oct 17 (Prensa Latina)
Bolivian president, Evo Morales affirmed that Latin American social movements represent the vanguard of the struggle for the liberation of the peoples. “That is why the right and empire counter attack with fury to promote the overthrowing of progressive governments in the region, “the president said during a speech in the First Summit of Social Movements of ALBA countries and leaders from about 40 countries that is being held in parallel to the 7th Forum of presidents and delegations of the integrated bloc.
Morales accompanied by his Ecuadorian counterpart, Rafael Correa pointed out that Latin American peoples have begun a deep process of economic, social and political transformation in defense of the rights of the Mother Earth (Pachamama) and all natural resources.
Referring to the proposal of a Trade Treaty of the Peoples that Bolivia presented against the US FCC he said that the pioneer of these struggles was the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro.
During the 1st Summit of Social Movements with 700 delegates from Latina America, United States, Europe, Asia and Africa Morales said the continent is living historical transformations such as in his country where democracy in backed by the votes of the peoples conscience.
Referring to the coup in Honduras with chancellor Patricia Rodas Morales said it was an example of capitalist and imperialist attacks and called for the immediate restitution of the constitutionally elected president, Manuel Zelaya and explained that social movements are decisive in this struggle.
He also attacked Washington for installing military bases in Colombia that represent a serious threat to peace and democracy in the region.
Morales added that the Summit of Social Movements should be a mechanism to enrich public policies of the ALBA nations.
The Ecuadorian president, for his part, warned that social movements in Bolivia must be clear about the opposition, more so during elections, since they will use all in their power to attack the government headed by Morales.
“Imperialism is no fool, the press is corrupt, social groups and even religious groups continue working against. We must not confide nor think that change is irreversible; we are watchful. The bourgeois and oligarchic press are going to attack,” he noted.
If you haven’t visited the site, BOREV, you are not getting the comic relief you need in these trying days. Best satirical coverage on the Latin American block.
October 16, 2009
Paris, Milan, Tegucigalpa
I don’t know if you people have ever run a coup, but it’s not all shooting the poor people this and torching the media that–there’s fun to be had too! Seriously, what’s the point of forcibly taking control of your country’s institutions if you can’t use it to bend it to your own retarded vision?
To that end, hilarious Honduran dipshit “Mirna Castro” has taken over the country’s Cultural Ministry, and she’s has quickly putting an end to outmoded hippie ideas like literature or um, whatstheword, “art,” or whatever. No, it’s fashion week! In the middle of a coup! With tax dollars. Actual quote:
Fashion is an industry but it is also part of the culture of the people.
Remember it. Live it.