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.