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Honduras: The Honduran People under a Permanent Coup d'Etat

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    http://quotha.net/node/2408 Honduras: The Honduran People under a Permanent Coup d Etat Mon, 12/17/2012 - 10:45 — AP Honduras: The Honduran People under a
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      Honduras: The Honduran People under a Permanent Coup d'Etat
      Mon, 12/17/2012 - 10:45 � AP

      Honduras: The Honduran People under a Permanent Coup d'Etat
      From Ofraneh, translation by Stephen Bartlett of Ag Missions

      The latest Coup d'Etat perpetrated in the early hours of December 12 in
      Honduras, when the National Congress voted to remove four Supreme Court
      justices, places front and center once again the dictatorship the country
      has experienced since June 28, 2009. The ultra-right of Honduras has been
      offering up to us for the last three years lessons on their cannibalistic

      The local reality is macabre: Honduras is considered the most violent
      country in the world with 92 assassination for each 100,000 inhabitants,
      and at the same time Honduras was the country most impacted by climate
      change between 1991 and 2010, and to add to these woes, is also the poorest
      country in the hemisphere. In the meantime, the elite in power is dedicated
      to the destruction of this weakened democracy to maintain their privilege
      at any cost.

      Leading up to the action taken by the Congress which was pushed through by
      the majority from the nationalist party, the current "head of state" Pepe
      Lobo denounced a supposed Coup d'Etat cooked up by Jorge Canhuati Larach,
      owner of various media outlets that are members of the Inter American Press
      Society (SIP), which recently conferred to him (Jorge Canhuati) an
      honorific mention in the category of "Human Rights and service to the

      As with Canahuati Larach, along with Pepe Lobo and the illustrative crowd
      of representatives that demolished the Constitutional Court, they were all
      implicated in the Coup d' Etat of 2009. Of course the Supreme Court
      participated fully in the gutting of democracy in 2009, which was
      categorized by the Library of Congress in the U.S. as a "Constitutional

      From Charter Cities to the Application of the Polygraph test:
      The Constitutional Court came to be questioned, as with the rest of the
      Supreme Court, by the Executive and Legislative branches, after having
      declared unconstitutional the Ley of Special Development Regions (RED),
      alias Charter Cities, a project cut from neocolonial cloth, that was
      intended to auction off slices of Honduran territory to U.S. investors
      known as libertarians and ultra-right. Among other issues, the RED included
      transferring the application of justice to third parties, located on the
      island of Mauritius and finally the British Court of appeals.

      The furious reaction to the Supreme Court's decision on Charter Cities, by
      Pepe Lobo and his proteg� Juan Orlando Hern�ndez, President of the Congress
      and candidate picked to be the future president of Honduras, demonstrated
      that the independence of the branches of government in Honduras finds
      itself under attack.

      The situation was worsened even more, when the Constitutional Court
      declared unconstitutional the Law of Purification of the Police, which
      included psycho-metric, socio-economic, toxicological and polygraph tests,
      with this last test being questioned as a method that violates national
      laws as well as international human rights treaties.

      The collapse of the National Police, with its absolute corruption and
      association with organized crime has the country in a sorry state, living
      under the yoke of security organisms that are implicated in multiple
      assassinations and sales of weapon arsenals. The so-called "purification"
      of the police initiated about a year ago has not generated measureable
      results, and has aggravated the situation with the suspension of aid to the
      police by the U.S., surrounding evidence about Juan Carlos Bonilla, current
      director of the police, who was named in having participated in death
      squads from 1998 to 2002.

      When the Constitutional Court voted four to one as to the
      unconstitutionality of the Law of Purification of Police, the same episode
      occurred as following the Charter City decision, where the judge Oscar
      Chinchilla took the side of the Legislative branch. Despite Chinchilla
      having said that the use of the polygraph test was a violation of
      fundamental rights, he did not vote for unconstitutionality emitted by the
      majority of the Court. Lacking a unanimous decision in the Constitutional
      Court, the plenary of the Supreme Court would meet to take a final
      decision. Just hours before the Supreme Court plenary was to meet to
      consider the matter, the National Congress removed the four magistrates who
      had voted against the law in the Constitutional Court.

      From electoral fraud to the suit filed about the vote counts

      Last November 18 the primary elections took place in Honduras, to choose
      the candidates for president, congress and mayors. As it is common
      knowledge, there was a shameful fraud committed, especially by the National
      Party, who are currently in power and have an absolute majority in the
      National Congress.

      The two ultra-right candidates who ran for the highest positions of the
      National Party both claimed to have received the majority of the votes.
      Finally the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) declared as winner Juan
      Orlando Hern�ndez, current president of the National Congress, despite the
      statements by the supposed loser, Ricardo Alvarez, who was early on leading
      in the vote count before the �system crashed�, leaving him behind.

      The same story of fraud was repeated in the other traditional party that
      took part in the elections, the liberals picked Mauricio Villeda Berm�dez,
      open admirer of the Colombian Alvaro Uribe and one of those integrated into
      the de facto government by dictator Roberto Micheletti. The Supreme
      Electoral Tribunal indicated that these political parties worked to inflate
      the vote at the voting stations, while Ricardo Alvarez said there were
      members of organized crime making threats at the polls.

      The political conditions in which the primary elections took place in the
      country served as a perfect stew for the electoral fraud, in that way
      maintaining the gang of coup-backers who find themselves clinging to power.
      The famous Cartagena Agreement in the final analysis does not guarantee
      electoral transparency and much less strengthens the human rights of the
      Honduran people, who finds themselves subject to the violence of a feudal

      The gutting of the Constitutional Court of the Supreme Court is associated
      not only with their rejection of the Charter City law and the Law of
      Purification of the Police, but was also a strategy to derail in advance
      the claim presented by Ricardo Alvarez regarding the vote count, in the
      face of the evident fraud committed.

      Of course, though the current boxing match is among groups of power
      associated with the ultra-right, this is still electoral fraud, and that it
      could be repeated next year during the presidential elections.
      In Honduras the supposed liberal bourgeois democracy that exists is no more
      than a mask of a dictatorship of a small group of financiers, many of whom
      are associated with organized crime and protected by the empire, which is
      disposed to provide their blessing to those who would preserve the status

      The legislative coup against the Judiciary is openly associated with the
      recent electoral fraud and the impeding of the auctioning off of Honduras
      by means of Charter Cities, which by the way President Lobo has said he
      will implement anyway, if not during this term, then in the next one.

      Sambo Creek, December 13, 2012

      Organizaci�n Fraternal Negra Hondure�a, OFRANEH

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