Update on Coup in Honduras from NLC's Central America Office

June 29, 2009

Monday, June 29, 2009

Manuel Zelaya, president of Honduras for the period 2006 — 2010, was violently taken out of the Presidential House by the military early in the morning of Sunday June 28, and placed in an airplane to Costa Rica.

There have been differences between the political class and President Zelaya for some months in Honduras. Zelaya was trying to reform to constitution in order to allow more popular participation of the Honduras, as to introduce the possibilities of referendums which are not allowed with the present constitution. His detractors say his intention is to be reelected.

The military have occupied the public buildings in the capital city Tegucigalpa and in the industrial maquila city San Pedro Sula. The major of San Pedro Sula, a follower of Zelaya has been captured by the military. Soldiers and tanks are everywhere in the big cities. A curfew has been imposed from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. starting yesterday.

After the coup, a de facto president was appointed, Roberto Micheletti, former president of the congress. The Central American Presidents said clearly they will not recognize Micheletti, but recognize Zelaya as President. None of the Central and South American countries have recognized Micheletti and instead recognize Zelaya.

In Honduras, the popular movement, including the 3 big Trade Union Federations: CUTH, CTH and CGT, have called for a peaceful mobilization and resistance against the de facto president. The Honduras Teachers Union has called for a national strike among their members. Trade Unionists and members of popular organizations are protesting in the streets, while the soldiers and the tanks are displaced all over the country.

The military closed yesterday all the radio station and TV stations and shut down the cells and internet. TV stations are showing only cartoons and radio stations are only playing music. The only channel that hasn't been shut is CNN.

This is happening in the 4th world exporter of garments to the USA, and the third poorest countries in the Americas after Haiti and Nicaragua.

Guatemalan and Salvadorans agree that a blow to democracy in Honduras is a danger for these two countries and a bad message for the elites and military in the countries.

Military Coup in Honduras Threatens Democracy Across Central America