A senior US official on Monday branded last week’s return to Honduras by President Manuel Zelaya following a coup in June as “irresponsible” and said it would not help restore democracy.
“The return of President Zelaya to Honduras, absent an agreement, is irresponsible and serves neither the interests of the Honduran people nor those seeking a peaceful reestablishment of a democratic order in Honduras,” said Lewis Amselem.
“Those who facilitated President Zelaya’s return… have special responsibility for the prevention of violence and for the well-being of Honduran people,” said Amselem, the second-highest ranking US representative to the Organization of American States.
But what words for the coup regime
At an emergency meeting of the Organization of American States to discuss the Honduran face-off, Lewis Anselem, the U.S. ambassador to the OAS, also criticized Honduras’ de facto government for its “deplorable” action in barring entry of an OAS mission and declaring a state of siege on Sunday.
Oh how nice, how about the killings and the siege on Brazil’s embassy Lew baby? Of course strikes me what Washington likes is the deposed party in a coup to slink away, be polite dear chap, (especially when they are involved in the coup) so the coup leader can take power …with his Vice President Dick Cheney. So what would help restore democracy, this?-
With Executive Decree PCM-M-016-2009, the dictatorial government has taken off its mask and really outdone itself by keeping Honduras and the Honduras people kidnapped through its use and abuse of the State’s weapons and its desire to manipulate the Constitution and the laws of the Republic.
This executive decree, signed by the de facto head of state Micheletti in a meeting with his equally de facto cabinet, establishes a curfew for 45 consecutive days, during which practically all rights and individual freedoms are annulled, leaving the Honduran people completely defenseless before the usurpers.
From the moment this dictatorial edict went into effect, inalienable rights such as personal freedom, the right to free thought, the right to organize and meet, the right to free movement, rights to privacy in one’s own home, and protections against arbitrary detentions ceased to exist in Honduras.
But hey Micheletti asked for forgiveness and said he’d lift it ‘soon’, apparently. Now a different US official has stressed attacking soveriegn Brazilian territory, their embassy, might be a Bad Thing as Zelaya speaks at the UN…by cellphone-
Honduras’ ousted president addressed the United Nations General Assembly by cellular telephone from the Brazilian embassy in his country’s capital, where he is holed up.
Manuel Zelaya said Monday that a June military coup that toppled him has subjected Honduras to a dictatorship.
He called on world leaders to guarantee his safety and those of Hondurans who have taken to the streets to demand his return to power.
Zelaya spoke via a phone brought to the podium by his foreign minister, Patricia Rodas. His brief words drew sustained applause from assembled diplomats, some of whom stood.
Rodas also spoke for half an hour claiming the coup-installed government has clamped down on civil liberties so much that “Honduras is becoming an enormous prison.”
But it seems to me Washington is reacting, it keeps hoping the coup regime will get away with it and not outrage the international community but then the fascist chump Golpistas perpetrate another atrocity of authoritarian arrogance, so some US spokesperson has to trot out how such a thing is bad, for the record. It’s a bit like Obama saying the attack on Gaza is a tad naughty once it is over, talk for the record but the walk tells another story. The reality-
Last Friday the Committee for the Defense of Human Rights in Honduras (CODEH) issued a report blaming the de facto president of that country and putschist leader, Roberto Micheletti, for the more than 101 extrajudicial murders and summary executions perpetrated from June 28th to the current date.
Yeah and Zelaya returning to his country is the ‘irresponsible’ act that won’t help democracy.
29 September, 2009 at 11:20 pm
[…] Earlier I posted about Amselem, the second highest ranking US official to the OAS who blamed Zelaya for causing trouble even as the Committee for the Defense of Human Rights in Honduras (CODEH) found 101 killings by the coup regime. This man Lewis Amselem is working for Hillary Clinton, he was a Bush appointee, a fundamentalist right winger. He was political-military officer at the US embassy in Guatemala City (1988-92) Ortiz’s remembers this of him- Two months later, after a U.S. doctor had counted 111 cigarette burns on my back alone, the story changed. In January 1990, the Guatemalan defense minister publicly announced that I was a lesbian and had staged my abduction to cover up a tryst. The minister of the interior echoed this statement and then said he had heard it first from the U.S. embassy. According to a congressional aide, the political affairs officer at the U.S. embassy, Lew Anselem, was indeed spreading the same rumor. […]