Golpe de Estado in Honduras: The Coup that Keeps on Giving

We, the golpistas of Honduras ask, who will clean up this mess?

We, the golpistas of Honduras ask, who will clean up this mess?

From the Honduran military and political elites:

URGENT:

We are in the sixth day of the coup – it isn’t too late to join.

It’s awesome that this coup isn’t like all the others – as the mainstream media has articulated vividly. (We hate Nicolas Kozloff’s analysis most of all). Maybe we were a little aggressive, but we all see it now, a defense of our country and its legal traditions.

Yes, we’ve eliminated civil liberties:

1. The right to protest. (Repealing Article 69: “A persons liberty is inviolable and can only be restricted or suspended temporarily through process of law.”)

2. Freedom in one’s home from unwarranted search, seizure and arrest. (Repealing Article 71: “No person can be arrested nor kept incommunicado for more than 24 hours without being placed before a competent authority to be judged. Judicial detention during an investigation must not exceed six consecutive days from the moment that the same is ordered.”)

3. Freedom of association. (Repealing Article 78: “Freedoms of association and meeting are always guaranteed when they are not contrary to public order and good customs.”)

4. Guarantees of rights of due process while under arrest. (Repealing Article 79: “All persons have the right to meet with others, peacefully and without weapons, in public demonstration or transitory assembly, in relation to their common interests of any type, without necessity of notice or special permission.”)

5. Freedom of transit in the country. (Repealing Article 81: “All persons have the right to circulate freely, leave, enter, and remain in national territory. No one can be obligated to change home or residence except in special cases and with those requirements that the Law establishes.”)

Yes, we’ve detained journalists. We had to do it, otherwise we’re not so different from you. Our media is usually tame (and is improving the more CNN Espanol sits down with Roberto Micheletti) with low-ball questions and futbol scores. Question intricate assumptions about the nature of Central American democracy, social justice and militarism. You’re out of line, misters (and mistresses…). Let’s face it, deep down, you’re envious.

Hell, we continue to provide our citizens with these (repealed) rights despite the world trying to hold us down – talk golpistas, let’s talk about the true golpistas, the United States. (Yes, the sordid history of US imperialism in Honduras is long and varied). Let’s face it, we say, this is benign. We did not reinstate one of our own – we just allied with another Liberal politician with presidential ambitions that agrees with ours and our financiers global positions. You know, free trade, economic segregation, class warfare – hell, this could have been avoided, they’ll say. Zelaya was once on our side.

We’re tired, overcome, and increasingly wary of the fact that world is plotting against us. The United Nations condemned our actions (we’ll show them). The World Bank has “paused” lending accounts. The United States and the OAS have condemned our coup, giving us 72 hours to reinstate Zelaya (jokes on them, we’ll kidnap him when he comes into the country). Even the European Union has pulled ambassadors from Tegucigalpa.

We’re tired of you telling us that Zelaya’s referendum was not illegal, did not gives us grounds to oust him from office, and would have corrected the inequalities in our society!

Can't you just go inside? (Source: Benedictedesrus, Flickr)

Can't you just go inside?
(Source: Benedictedesrus, Flickr)

We’re tired of communists terrorists assembling outside the National Palace – didn’t they read our repeals? Why can’t the world see that if you’re reacted against, you must have been guilty in the first place? Why the outcry? Why the sanctions?

Quit decrying “fundamental rights,” we took those away. No need to worry.

We’re giving you people what you deserve. Just today, the World Bank released its 2009 Governance Matters report. Honduras ranked under forty percent in all six categories (Voice and Accountability, Political Stability, Government Effectiveness, Regulatory Quality, Rule of Law and Control of Corruption). In addition to defending the Constitution, let’s say we were saving Hondurans from themselves. We have a track-record of political excellence – look at the 1980s.

It was a great time to be alive (and in the military, as it turns out). We hunted human rights organizations and the Governance Matters survey didn’t exist. We launched military action, aided by the United States (aid that may be suspended (!) along with military activities halted by the Pentagon. Can an international superpower spare a dime, jeez!), into other countries so we didn’t have to subject our citizens to revolution. Things were great here, so long as you played by the rules. As far as we see it, the world ignored Honduras in the 1980s – thanks to you all playing by the rules. Kids, learn from your parents.

Yet, those decades did prove that our methods were unjust(ly viewed) and our mode of repression would have become much more subtle. So we borrowed some pointers from Venezuela in 2002 and Haiti in 2004. I hope our actions, righteous as they are, will add to the debate, and enlighten future golpistas to avoid our mistakes, god knows we’ve made some, you know?

But at the end of the day, day 5 as it turns out: Our defense of the ’80s stems from our defense of the Constitution. It’s one in the (murderous) same.

(P.S. Don’t worry about your local governments, we’re helping spread democracy one city at a time!)

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~ by Daniel on July 4, 2009.

One Response to “Golpe de Estado in Honduras: The Coup that Keeps on Giving”

  1. Hondureños y el mundo ,el objetivo de la resistencia no debe de ser solo porque vuelva Mel Zelaya ala presidencia para que supuestamente vuelva el orden constitucional.
    SINO MAS BIEN EL OBJETIVO ,TIENE QUE ESTAR MUY CLARO!!

    QUE ESOS CRIMINALES, ASESINOS Y CORRUPTOS(ROBERTO MICHELETTY Y DIPUTADOS, EMPRESARIOS Y MILITARES) YA NO PUEDEN NI DEBEN SEGUIR SEGUIR DIRIGIENDO ESTE PAIS EN LA POLITICA NI OCUPAR CARGOS Y DISOLVER A LOS MILITARES QUE NO SIRVEN PARA NI MIERDA!! Y LOS MANTENEMOS NOSOTROS CON NUESTRO DINERO ,
    EL MUNDO YA NO TIENE QUE RELACIONARSE DE NINGUNA MANERA CON ESTOS NOMBRES Y APELLIDOS CORRUPTOS AUNQUE VUELVA MEL ZELAYA ESTOS NO DEJARAN DE SER CRIMINALES Y CORRUPTOS, ESTOSCRIMINALES DEBEN DE SACARSE DE LAS RIENDAS DE ESTE PAIS , POR LAS BUENAS O POR LAS MALAS , VIVOS O MUERTOS . TOTAL ESTOS SON CRIMINALES, ASESINOS Y DEBEN DE SER TRATADOS COMO TALES , NOMBRES CON APELLIDOS NUEVOS DEBEN DE COMENZAR A DIRIGIR ESTE PAIS , QUE NO SEAN AMIGOS NI FAMILIA DE ESOS CRIMINALES (ROBERTO MICHELETTY Y DIPUTADOS, EMPRESARIOS Y MILITARES) DEBEN DE CAPTURARSE Y PAGAR CON PENAS SEVERAS

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