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Honduran Military Assassinates Leftist Presidential Candidate
Posted by Kristin Bricker - June 28, 2009 at 5:09 pm
Congressman Cesar Ham Was a Zelaya Ally and Organizer of the Opinion Poll on a New Constitution
Cesar Ham, presidential candidate and the head of Honduras' only registered leftist political party, the Democratic Unification of Honduras, is dead. He was killed by a squad of soldiers who arrived at his home this morning to arrest him.
The military has rounded up many of Zelaya's allies within the government. Chancellor Patricia Rodas remains kidnapped.
Honduran police confirmed Ham's death to Notimex. The official version of events, as reported by Notimex, is that Ham confronted the military squad that came to his house with a gun, "and therefore he had to be killed."
Despite being from a different party, Ham was a close ally of ousted President Manuel Zelaya. Ham's party, the Democratic Unification of Honduras, is Honduras' only registered leftist party. Zelaya is from the conservative Liberal Party; he became a populist leftist after being elected.
Ham, at the time of his assassination, was a member of Congress. He wholeheartedly supported President Zelaya's initiative to form a constitutional convention to write a new Constitution, and he was one of the main organizers of today's thwarted opinion poll that would have gauged public opinion on forming a constitutional convention.
Ham has come under fire this year from fellow members of Congress, with help from Honduras' right-wing media. Gregorio Baca, a dissident member of Ham's party who opposed an alliance with Zelaya, accused Ham of receiving "millions of dollars" from President Zelaya in exchange for his support of a referendum on a new constitutional convention. Right-wing newspaper El Heraldo accused Ham and his deputy Misael Castro of embezzling government money to pay for luxury cars. Neither of the accusations were ever verified by a court of law.
This past March the Democratic Unification party chose him as its presidential candidate by a vote of 104-4. The coup plotters had previously announced that the November 2009 elections would go on as planned. Ham's assassination means that the only leftist candidate in the race is now dead.=============
Reporter's Notebook: Kristin Bricker
Resistance and Repression in HondurasPosted by Kristin Bricker - June 28, 2009 at 6:55 pmAn unknown number of Hondurans have taken to the streets today in an effort to stop the coup that the military, in league with Congress and the Supreme Court, has carried out against democratically elected President Manuel "Mel" Zelaya.Due to intermitant power outages and heavy rain, independent media within Honduras has had extreme difficulty transmitting news. This means that while there's been plenty of news in the mainstream media about the actions people with a lot of political power have been taking--from Chavez and the ALBA nations to the Organization of American States to the United States--there's been very little reported about what rank-and-file Hondurans have been doing to reverse the coup.However, it is clear that Hondurans are resisting. People are taking the streets in Honduras despite incredibly hostile conditions created by the military. Radio Es Lo De Menos reports that their colleagues on the ground have been fired at by snipers who are positioned in rooftops around the city. They stress that the gunfire at this point has only been in the form of "warning shots" and no one has been reported injured from gunfire.The Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) wrote in a communique,"We tell everyone that the Honduran people are carrying out large demonstrations, actions in their communities, in the municipalities; there are occupations of bridges, and a p rotest in front of the presidential residence, among others. From the lands of Lempira, MorazÃ¡n and VisitaciÃ³n Padilla, we call on the Honduran people in general to demonstrate in defense of their rights and of real and direct democracy for the people, to the fascists we say that they will NOT silence us, that this cowardly act will turn back on them, with great force."Radio Es Lo De Menos reported that the military has set up roadblocks all over the country in an attempt to prevent Zelaya supporters from reaching the capital. The soldiers are also reportedly attempting to shut down public transportation.Photos from around the internet show that Hondurans are in the streets resisting.The pictures above, from Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty, were taken outside the Presidential Palace following the kidnapping of President Zelaya. More photos of outside the Presidential Palace:(AP Photo/Esteban Felix)photos: REUTERS/Oswaldo RivasZelaya supporters took to the streets in an attempt to prevent military reinforcements from arriving at the Presidential Palace:There are protests all over Tegucigalpa, trying to impede military movements:(photos: REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas)This man holds a banner in support of a referendum for a new Constitution (AP Photo/Esteban Felix). So soldiers punched him:People cast symbolic votes in today's controversial public opinion polls. While soldiers seized ballot boxes in many locales, in some towns people managed to rescue the seized ballot boxes from the soldiers and cast their votes:photo: REUTERS/Oswaldo RivasSoldiers have been incredibly hostile to the media that is trying to report the story from the ground:The Washington Post reports: "Soldiers try to prevent journalists from filming as they patrol the area around the presidential palace in Tegucigalpa, Sunday June 28, 2009. Soldiers arrested Honduras' President Manuel Zelaya and disarmed his security guards after surrounding his residence before dawn Sunday, his private secretary said. Protesters called it a coup and flocked to the presidential palace as local news media reported that Zelaya was sent into exile." (AP Photo/Esteban Felix) (Esteban Felix - AP). Another angle of the same news crew:(photo: REUTERS/Edgard Garrido)
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CommentsSubmitted June 28, 2009 - 7:19 pm by Kristin BrickerHonduran labor leader Ãngel Alvarado told TeleSUR that he has called a national strike for Monday in Honduras to protest the coup that has ousted President Manuel Zelaya.Cell phone service seems to have intermittently returned to Honduras, allowing Alvarado to communicate with TeleSUR via phone from outside the Presidential Palace. Alvarado told TeleSUR that there's about 15,000 protesters gathered outside the Presidential Palace demanding Zelaya's return.Meanwhile, Radio Es Lo De Menos is repeatedly pleading with the international community that protests be organized outside Honduran embassies around the world.Submitted June 28, 2009 - 7:36 pm by K ristin BrickerThe man imposed on the Honduran people as interim president, Roberto Micheletti, has declared a 48-hour curfew in Honduras. Citizens will not be permitted to leave their homes between the hours of 9pm and 6am for the next two days.Submitted June 28, 2009 - 8:13 pm by Kristin BrickerKristel Meza's photos on Aporrea show the true size of the demonstrations outside the Presidential Palace.More of Meza's photos are available at aporrea.org.
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