Monday, September 28, 2009
Honduras' Army and Voreqe - Two peas in a pod
Amazing how these coup-masters with their guns believe they are totally invincible when it comes to taking over elected leaders. Here's another crook from Honduras denying their citizens their right to assemble and protest. But at least, the Honduran people are showing their true need for democracy by standing up to these thieves and robbers? And kudos to Brazilian President de Silva for assisting the Honduran people in their fight for their democratic rights?
What's up with us in Fiji yar?
ALEX RENDEROS, TEGUCIGALPA
September 29, 2009
THE de facto government of Honduras has indefinitely suspended constitutional guarantees, outlawing public gatherings and making it easier for the army to arrest people.
The measure, announced in a national television and radio broadcast, came on the eve of what is expected to be a big march by ousted president Manuel Zelaya's supporters. From his refuge at the Brazilian embassy, Mr Zelaya called on people to take to the streets to mark the three-month anniversary of his exile.
The army took Mr Zelaya from his home and put him on a flight to Costa Rica on June 28, after courts accused him of violating the constitution by trying to make it possible to serve a second term. He quietly returned last week and took refuge at the embassy and, with almost universal international backing, is fighting to reclaim office.
Honduras has expelled diplomats from the Organisation of American States, which has been attempting to mediate a resolution to the crisis, and gave Brazil a 10-day deadline to turn over Mr Zelaya or face unspecified retaliation.
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said his government would not be cowed by ultimatums from ''coup-plotters.''
Mr Zelaya and his followers are living in conditions that a visiting doctor described as deteriorating. Several in the embassy suffered from flu-like symptoms, the doctor told the Los Angeles Times.
Honduras' acting rulers have said they will arrest Mr Zelaya, a flamboyant timber magnate who gradually turned to the left and alienated the Honduran elite.
The new measures go beyond the curfews that acting President Roberto Micheletti had until now regularly imposed.
The measures make it easier for authorities to shut down radio or television stations deemed to be favouring Mr Zelaya.
NEW YORK TIMES