June 29, 2009
President of Honduras ousted in military coup

The Honduran military staged a coup, ousting President Manuel Zelaya. This comes after heated debates about Zelaya’s referendum on presidential term limits, which was deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

Many world leaders, from U.S. President Barack Obama to President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, called for Zelaya’s reinstatement. This marks the first Central American coup since the Cold War.

Christopher Sabatini, the senior director of policy for the Council of the Americas, joins Martin Savidge to analyze the consequences of the military coup.

Bellow, bloggers in Honduras react to the coup.

A blogger from Santa Rosa de Copán, Honduras, is fearful what the coup may bring:

I fear we have gone from bad to worse. At least Zelaya seemed to speak out for the poor. As one priest said this morning, despite all his errors and his vanity, Zelaya was the first major leader in many years to offer people a little bit of openness to the needs of the poor. The priest said he is not supporting the person Zelaya, but the cause of the poor. Micheletti is closely tied with the economic powers to be. An indication of his position is his support of privatization of water in his own district.

Another blogger from Honduras disagrees, stating that Zelaya is to blame:

[…] Zelaya has been trying to usurp the authority of the other two branches of government with his actions of the last few weeks. If anyone was trying to overthrow the government, it was him.

A Peace Corps volunteer takes a neutral stance, pointing to the difficulty in choosing a side:

[…] many countries are around the world are denouncing the coup by the military and the U.S. government is stating it’s against democracy. In my opinion, it is very difficult to take a stance on this. President Zelaya was motivated a lot by legacy along with his buddies in Venezuela, Cuba and Bolivia. There were a lot of manipulation and alternate motives during his presidency. However, the way his own government took him out of power is not the way to do things.




I’ve been living in Honduras for 8 years, and is really unbelievabla the amount of power that these people that by force have taken complete control of this very humble country. They are trying to make this coup look legal, but any educated person knows that this is a criminal act and that every participan of this act or whoever supports this coup should be brought to justice. This illegal goverment has taken control of the media, they are terrorizing anyone who tries to protest against them. I believe that the only weapon they have is the ignorance of the honduran people.I’m sure that with God’s help and the international community behind us, we will defeat these thugs, and bring hope to all hondurans who are tired of the same corrup criminals which have governed this country with only one thing in mind, greed.It’s evident that the only thing these thugs have kept in mind is to steal from the honduran people and get richer and richer, not caring if they have to kill or apply a military coup like the one they have just commited.


I haven’t heard from any Honduran friends since the coup. Are all email accounts working there? I lived in Honduras for almost 3 years and have visited frequently. I was sorry to learn about the coup. It brought memories of previous experiences in Central America. Numerous blog posts try to justify the way the Honduran president was removed but of course it was done by the military and not by the procedures developed over the last 27 years of civilian rule (with the military always in the background.)


[…] (Worldfocus, también nos acerca las reacciones de algunos bloggers en Honduras tras el golpe.) […]


Mr Sabatini fails to mention that the referendum was focused to change the Honduran Constitution in one of its articles (293 if not mistaken, stating that reelection in not allowed and is deemed an act against the same Constitution, for which whosoever tries to change it should be removed from his/her charge immediately and not allowed to return to public office in 10 years. The majority of Hondurans are not interested in being considered among the leftist countries of Latinamerica. Mr Zelaya was given time to retract his efforts on the referendum, insisted and allowed foreign intervention: bringing ballots,ballot urns flown from Venezuela and observers (coincidentally Venezuelan and Nicaraguan). The majority of Hondurans believe the country deserves more than being a Chavez engendered satelite.
Mr. Sabatini, what credibility would the world have given a referendum that imported (unnecessarily because Honduras has its proper entity to care for these circumstances) ballots, urns, collaborators from “ouside”?
Maybe it isn’t fair for the world to condem Hondurans for avoiding stumbling over the same stone Venezuela, Nicaragua, etc have stumbled over…can we learn from history? from leftist tactics applied in other countries?
Thanks for the opportunity.

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