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Honduran Government Suspends Constitutional Rights, US Actually Condems Zelaya

September 28, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Not good.  Regardless of the reasons behind it or the need for it, this is going to be used against them.

Not a smart move, Honduras.  You are just proving to these people that you are not legitimate.

This certainly hurts the interim government’s moral standing but at some point something has to give.

Interim government leaders have suspended constitutionally guaranteed civil liberties in a pre-emptive strike against widespread rebellion Monday, three months to the day since they ousted President Manuel Zelaya in a military-backed coup.

Zelaya supporters said they would ignore the decree issued late Sunday and march in the streets as planned. Some already had arrived in the capital, Tegucigalpa, from outlying provinces.

The measures – announced just hours after Zelaya called on his backers to stage mass protest marches in what he called a "final offensive" against the government – are likely to draw harsh criticism from the international community, which has condemned the June 28 coup and urged that Zelaya be reinstated to the presidency and allowed to serve out his term, which ends in January.

Officials also issued an ultimatum to Brazil on Sunday, giving the South American country 10 days to decide whether to turn Zelaya over for arrest or grant him asylum and, presumably, take him out of Honduras. They did not specify what they would do after the 10 days were up.

I’m sure there will be talk of how the interim government is now as bad as Zelaya. Well, no, not really. This is a tough step and one they have put off for a substantial period of time. While it’s unfortunate, to say the least, we shouldn’t forget Honduras wouldn’t be in this position if Zelaya, abetted by Chavez in Venezuela and Lula in Brazil, hadn’t put the country in this position in the first place.

Honduran Government Suspends Constitutional Rights, US Actually Condems Zelaya

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  1. September 28, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    “While it’s unfortunate, to say the least, we shouldn’t forget Honduras wouldn’t be in this position if Zelaya, abetted by Chavez in Venezuela and Lula in Brazil, hadn’t put the country in this position in the first place.” While I agree with the thrust of your statement, the interim or de facto or provisional goverment of Michelletti and co. really shot themselves in the foot for taking the actions they did. There were definitely alternative measures they could have taken that were within the confines of the constitution they are purportedly defending. Now, it’s just mayhem. It’ll only be a matter of time before there is real physical violence. We are at a breaking point.

  2. ayfs
    September 28, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Agreed. They were forced into this situation, but remember, the press does not care.

    The MSM are only looking for the parts of the story that feed their mantra of Honduras military takeover.

    They will take this, remove any context, and scream about it.

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