Honduras: Going From Bad to Worse?

Honduras has been all over the place lately.

The democratically-elected President, Manuel Zelaya, is deposed in what many are calling a military coup.  The new President, Roberto Micheletti, says that the former leader will be arrested if he returns.  He tries anyway and is unable to land at the airport because the military is blocking it.  All the while the people of Honduras are taking to the streets to protest both against Zelaya and for him.  Meanwhile the current administration is censoring journalists and even killing people.

So the light at the end of the tunnel is that Costa Rica’s President, Oscar Arias, has agreed to mediate talks between the two sides.  Hopefully, things can be resolved before there is more violence.  We’ll have to wait and see.

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11 Responses to “Honduras: Going From Bad to Worse?”

  1. davilaluis Says:

    Interesting note. Check out my blog at davilaluis.wordpress.com where I also discuss the current situation in Honduras.

    Thanks!

    Luis

  2. Allan Erickson Says:

    Insiders have another perspective, including people on the ground, and a supreme court justice there:

    http://allanerickson.wordpress.com/2009/07/07/the-truth-about-honduras/

  3. uh, what’s knew? Unless you have some kind of education, it seems to me it is just another day as a Honduranian.

  4. Hi there!
    I live in Honduras and it aint as bad as CNN or most media paints the picture. Yes there is some violence but as powerfulmothers said its another day here. and the violence is not politically related is just our everyday organized crime that thanks to the ousted presidente (who by the way is a big time drug dealer and addict) it got out of control.

    and it was not a military coup given the fact the armed forces never took power, they just followed an order given by the supreme court to remove the president for abuse of power and violation of the constitution and being a complete A**hole. and immediately power was given to the next in line who in this case was the president of the national congress.

    Most hondurans are joyful that former presidente Zelaya was ousted because we dont want to be a venezuelan communist puppet state…..

    taker care

  5. @ Allen:

    I think the world at large is more displeased with the situation because they chose to use an outdated method of displacement – the military coup. It’s causing more instability than helping. I sympathize with the people, but at the same time cannot condone their violent methods. Which is also disappointing to the regular Honduran folk.

    I know this because my wife has familiy there, and they are all very upset that they resorted to a military coup instead of a legal and proper way to get rid of Zaleya. It sparked the unrest that still prevades Honduran population, and now there’s a lot of problems in the streets.

    What is even more upsetting to them is that the rich fatcats who once supported Zaleya (but grew upset at relations with Chavez) didn’t want to get their hands dirty, so they used the military to do it for them. A lot of Hondurans think that this is a disingenuous move and that the government is just going to continue to trample on the rights of people with the military whenever they change their minds.

  6. quantotempodura Says:

    You´re a tad late, mate. Situation in Honduras has seem some updates, like Hillary Clinton meeting with Zelaya, the real president.

    AND the biggest update of yesterday: Honduras Chanceller, one of the masterminds behind the coup, calls Obama a “negrito”, a pickaninny.

    Man… this Hondura´s millitary coup is heading for a s***storm.

  7. I’m kinda disappointed in the people standing up for the show of military force to remove Zelaya. You want to know why the rest of the world isn’t on the upsurping side, it’s because there were other ways to resolve it but the national congress avoided it because they are rich fat idiots who didn’t want to be seen as wrong for supporting Zelaya in the first place.

  8. I see you are seriously fact challenged. No, there is no coup. The rule of law is the rule of law. The scumbag president thought he’d pull a Chavez and try to circumvent the constitution. He was arrested for it.

    What is it about you “peace” activists that makes you just love every banana republic tyrant?

  9. Having grown up in Venezuela, the son of a former socialist (my middle name reflects my father’s belief in the Soviet utopia), I can tell you I’m not happy with the situation in Honduras. Not happy, but not surprised either.
    For as long as I can remember, politics (and in some respects, life) in Latin America has been a milder version of that f****ed up situation we call Africa.

    Part of the problem is the mastery of left-leaning demagogues like Chavez, and of course Fidel. I do give Chavez credit for being smart enough to “legitimize” his power through elections. It is difficult to argue that a nation does not have the right to elect a totalitarian (left or right) government. And we’re now seeing the Chavez effect infect other parts of Latin America.

    I imagine a lot of people in Honduras don’t see the situation as urgently as the rest of the world. My mom said the same thing when something similar happened in Venezuela a few years back. I’m afraid, however, that’s just because their POV is rather limited as they look from the inside out, obscured by the larger veil of “victimhood” ideology so well proctected (and spread) by demagogues.

  10. henderbalz Says:

    There are tons of blogs with more and better info on the coup than this little short and a bit late one….why is this blog getting soooo many comments!!! (Not that I do not like your blog)

    Check out my blog:

    http://www.Henderbalz.wordpress.com

    Not for good info on the coup situation…Ha…I make a joke out of it…but to check out my blogroll…there are a few other bloggers that are giving more, better and up to date info.

    And you are right My Butterness…we will have to wait and see….which I am kind of getting sick of right now! At least they upped our curfew to 10:30 now!

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