Coup ‘election’ flops
Published Dec 2, 2009 3:24 PM
Even the most polished spinmasters, whose job is to convince the public
that fantasy is reality and the tail wags the dog, are having a hard time with
this one. The Honduran “election” of Nov. 29 was a dismal flop both
for the oligarchy’s coup makers and for the U.S. politicos behind
The Honduran resistance, which has been bringing vigorous demonstrations
into the streets on a daily basis since the kidnapping and ouster of elected
President Manuel Zelaya this summer, reports there was the highest abstention
rate in that country’s history: from 65 percent to 70 percent of the
electorate didn’t vote. This non-election was a victory for those who
refused to legitimize an illegitimate regime.
Throughout Latin America and much of the rest of the world, the coup in
Honduras is seen as a dangerous example of what the imperial strategists are
plotting for the region. As one country after another votes in leftist
parties—the latest example is Uruguay, where a former guerrilla leader
who spent 14 years in prison was just elected president—the U.S. is
expanding its military bases in the region. It may still try to cover its dirty
deeds with democratic phrase-mongering, but actions speak louder than
In Honduras, the military deposed the elected president when he tried to
raise the minimum wage and carry out other reforms. They put in as the new head
of state a rightist committed to continuing the rule of a tiny oligarchy over
the impoverished majority. Feigning surprise, the U.S. government at first
appeared ambivalent about the coup. Virtually all the countries of Latin
America, and much of the world, refused to recognize the usurpers. Brazil
opened its embassy in the Honduran capital to Zelaya after he surreptitiously
returned in September from his imposed exile. He has been there ever since,
surrounded by troops who violently break up demonstrations supporting
Even though this regime is considered an international pariah, the White
House and State Department have now given their blessing to the fraudulent
“election.” In so doing, they have made it very clear that the
Honduran coup, like so many others in the past when Latin America was plagued
with brutal military dictatorships, was made in the USA.
Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez was clear about this when he spoke
to the 19th Ibero-American summit in Portugal the day after the election farce
in Honduras. He called for a statement to reject the election and warned that
the development of an aggressive U.S. military doctrine, the reactivation of
the Fourth Fleet and the establishment of military bases in Colombia constitute
a threat to all of Latin America.
“A dictatorship has been started in Honduras, through a military
coup, with U.S. instigation and support,” said Rodriguez.
“To recognize the spurious government emerging from these
illegitimate elections will betray principles of peace, democracy and justice.
We have a deep conviction that the Honduran people, with their struggle, will
have the last word.” Rodriguez pinpointed what was at stake: “The
aim is domination and interference, to get the
U.S. military power closer to the rich sources of raw materials and energy
resources the region has,” he told the gathering.
The National Resistance Front called the extremely low turnout at the
polls a “great victory for the Honduran people,” and called on them
to continue confronting the military in the streets. There can be no
equivocating on this struggle. The people of Honduras have risen up against
misery, hunger and a brutal oligarchy tied to U.S. corporations that have
squeezed the country dry. The progressive forces of the world, especially in
the U.S., must stand with them.
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