Pastors for Peace: Not a Victory; It’s a US State Dept. Manipulation!
Thanks to IFCO/Pastors for Peace for calling it like it is.
IFCO / Pastors for Peace
An update from IFCO/Pastors for Peace:
our response to the Honduras “agreement”:
This is not a victory; it’s a US State Department manipulation!
In our view, the agreement signed today is neither a victory for President Zelaya, nor for the people of Honduras.
● Any agreement that restores President Zelaya to office without giving him control over the military — the same military that carried out the coup! — is a victory for the coup forces, or an outright trap.
● While the two parties have signed an agreement, the demands of the Honduran people — for a constitutional assembly and the restoration of democracy and constitutional law — have not been addressed.
● The agreement does not create space for free and fair elections. In fact it directly aligns the coup military with the Supreme Electoral Commission appointed by Micheletti. (This same Supreme Electoral Commission was just invited to Washington, DC last week by right-wing Cuban-American Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), where they testified to Congress that “nothing has changed” in Honduras since the coup.)
● The agreement has not ended the repression and human rights violations; and it remains to be seen whether repression will intensify in the days to come.
The struggle continues! Today’s complicated and convoluted news is not a victory, but a temporary setback. We will be sending more analysis and action alerts as the situation develops; stay tuned!
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