What To Do About Honduras – Is it Injustice or Justice Served?

I’m conflicted about what to think about the recent ouster of Honduran president Jose Manuel Zelaya.  The military showed up on his door in the early morning hours last week and flew him out of the country while still wearing his PJs. The reason? He had been trying to hold a voter referendum to change the Honduran constitution so he could run for another term (the current constitution only allows for one term). Technically the referendum was illegal so many supporters of the ouster are claiming removing Zelaya was a legitimate military action to uphold the law. Others (including our media and most Western leaders) are calling it a coup.

In the opinion of one of my contacts in Honduras, from the non-profit ACTA de Honduras, the military’s actions were actually upholding the law (and upholding a ruling by the Supreme Court to have Zelaya arrested).  The pictures in our news media are of violent clashes between demonstrators and police, including a few days ago at the Tegucigalpa airport when Zelaya tried to land his plane but was kept out by military aircraft.

Alessandra has pointed out the thousands of Hondurans marching in peace marches across the country, which our media is not reporting.  Also that the military was just following the orders of the Honduran Supreme Court. So who gets to decide this one? The world political leaders or Hondurans? I’m still not sure what to think but I do think our media and our leaders need to pay closer attention to what the Honduran people want.

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2 Comments

  1. bud said,

    July 10, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    the referendum was not about Zelayas re election as your friend would have you believe. It was about deciding to hold a referendum in November on electing a constitutional congress next year to review and suggest changes that would give the underclass more say in how the country was run. changes like recalls and ballot initiatives. currently there is no vehicle for those changes and congress runs the country with an iron fist. the fact that they did not want the public to be heard speaks volumes to that point. the “Zelaya lie” is being repeated ONLY in the US press…….much to their discredit throughout the world. When Zelaya was first elected he was told “You are here for four years, We are here forever” Bearing false witness is a sin.

  2. Beth said,

    July 12, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    My friend didn’t give me that information but I gathered it from press reports, which I know have tended to be slanted towards supporting Zelaya. Still it seems the reelection issue is clearly a part of the reason Zelaya’s actions were seen as illegal by the Supreme Court. http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601086&sid=axGENUiy9yKs

    The whole situation seems very messy and, in my opinion based on the little I know of the events, it seems Zelaya should be allowed to return, then tried through the court system so the world doesn’t see it as a military coup. Easy to say from a country that more or less has a working judicial and law enforcement system. Harder to do in a country like Honduras where both systems are very, very broken.


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