The Congress in Honduras has sworn today a new president (Roberto Micheletti) while former presidente Manuel Zelaya was forced into exile to Costa Rica, and his wife is hiding in the mountains.
People in the streets of Tegucigalpa are protesting in support of Zelaya but the military is detaining civilians. Right-wing controlled media is celebrating the coup and not informing of international protest. U.S. president Obama said he is "deeply concerned" about the situation. The Organization of American States - OAS is holding an emergency meeting right now in DC.
Ecuador and Venezuela presidents offered "military support" to bring Zelaya back into power. Most likely popular revolts to follow, protest today at White House is over, tomorrow vigil at embassy of Honduras in DC to confirm.
Right now I think of Ronald Reagan, who converted Honduras into a contra-U.S. military base to assassinate thousands of innocent people in El Salvador and Nicaragua.
Enough is enough, bring democracy back to Honduras!
School of the Americas graduate led the coup
This update thanks to SOA Watch:
A military coup has taken place in Honduras this morning (Sunday, June 28), led by SOA graduate Romeo Vasquez. In the early hours of the day, members of the Honduran military surrounded the presidential palace and forced the democratically elected president, Manuel Zelaya, into custody. He was immediately flown to Costa Rica.Until when is the U.S. foreign policies will affect negatively the lives of so many in Latin America?
A national vote had been scheduled to take place today in Honduras to consult the electorate on a proposal of holding a Constitutional Assembly in November. General Vasquez had refused to comply with this vote and was deposed by the president, only to later be reinstated by the Congress and Supreme Court.
The Honduran state television was taken off the air. The electricity supply to the capital Tegucigalpa, as well telephone and cellphone lines were cut. Government institutions were taken over by the military. While the traditional political parties, Catholic church and military have not issued any statements, the people of Honduras are going into the streets, in spite of the fact that the streets are militarized. From Costa Rica, President Zelaya has called for a non-violent response from the people of Honduras, and for international solidarity for the Honduran democracy.
While the European Union and several Latin American governments just came out in support of President Zelaya and spoke out against the coup, a statement that was just issued by Barack Obama fell short of calling for the reinstatement of Zelaya as the legitimate president.