World Leaders Pressure Honduran Coup Plotters To Restore Zelaya, Return To Democracy

The nations of the world, following the leads of President Obama and the OAS, are working to isolate the coup leaders in Honduras and to get elected Honduran president Manuel Zelaya restored to office:

Two senior Obama administration officials told reporters that U.S. diplomats had warned in recent days against a coup, but that Honduran military leaders stopped taking their calls. They said the administration is now working to ensure Zelaya’s safe return."

I call on all political and social actors in Honduras to respect democratic norms, the rule of law and the tenets of the Inter-American Democratic Charter," Obama said in a statement.

For those conditions to be met, Zelaya must be returned to power, U.S. officials said.

Now, what was that about Obama not opposing the coup?

But wait, there’s more:

The president of Latin America’s largest nation, Brazil’s Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, said on his weekly radio program that his country will not recognize any Honduran government that doesn’t have Zelaya as president "because he was directly elected by the vote, complying with the rules of democracy."


U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Rio Group, which comprises 23 nations from the hemisphere, also condemned the coup and called for Zelaya’s return.

By the way:  Reuters managed to correctly identify the vote as non-binding (even as their story’s headline tried to imply that only lefties are in the OAS, as well as implying that their opinions don’t count):

 The coup followed a week of tension when Zelaya, a Chavez ally who took office in 2006, angered the Honduran Congress, Supreme Courtand army by pushing for a public vote to gauge support for changing the constitution to let presidents seek re-election beyond a single four-year term.

In previous English-language accounts, the public vote — which Zelaya said all along was a non-binding vote — was depicted as an actual vote or referendum to change the Constitution.

If Zelaya’s so horribly unpopular, as the US news accounts imply, then why did his political foes need to launch their coup to thwart the holding of a non-binding vote?  Why not let the vote happen and show the world that everyone hates Zelaya’s guts? 

Answer:  Because, of course, it’s simply not true that everyone in Honduras hates Zelaya’s guts.  If they did, there would be big parades and the coup plotters would be broadcasting pics of smiling happy Hondurans to the world.  Instead, they’re going Full Metal Khameinei and shutting down not just the phone lines, but even the electrictity, so that it’s difficult for Hondurans to tell the outside world what’s happening — and the few pictures that are getting through are not showing smiling and happy Hondurans.

An indication of just how difficult it’s been to get the word out has been the conflicting reports concerning Honduran congressman and Zelaya ally Cesar Ham. He was originally reported to have been killed by pro-coup forces, but now indications are that he is still alive, albeit in hiding from the coup forces.

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