Monthly Archives: June 2009
A military coup is underway in this Central American country, in which Canadian capital is the second largest source of foreign investment. Here is an article from Plan Colombia and Beyond and also check out Upside Down World for all the latest news on these unfolding events.
Troops have arrested President Manuel Zelaya this morning, the day that Hondurans were to vote in a referendum to change the constitution to allow him to run for another term. The apparent coup comes four days after Zelaya fired the chief of the armed forces for refusing to assist in carrying out the referendum. Zelaya was reportedly put on a plane to Costa Rica, where he may be now.
[Added 12:15PM: Zelaya, now in Costa Rica, told CNN that he was “kidnapped,” and that “at the moment of his detention, they aimed guns at his chest and head.”]
The military claims it was carrying out an order from “judicial tribunals” to arrest Zelaya because of an apparent presence of Nicaraguan and Venezuelan political operatives in the referendum. Nonetheless, this appears to be the first military coup attempt since the April 2002 uprising that came close to unseating Hugo Chávez (unless one counts the forced resignation of Lucio Gutiérrez in Ecuador in 2005, in which members of the armed forces played a supporting role).
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Since I am in a music video posting mood I thought I would like to dedicate this particular one in a fashionably late way to the memory of Dr. Tiller who was murdered by a theofascist for bravely standing up for women’s rights.