Zelaya – the president of Honduras, kidnapped by the military at gunpoint and flown out of the country – has sneaked back into it, and has sought (and achieved) asylum in the Brazilian embassy. The Independent reported:

A day of protest and sporadic violence ended with troops loyal to the military junta which seized control of the country three months ago surrounding the building in the capital, Tegucigalpa, before cutting off its electricity, water and telephone supply.

Amid fears that he would order soldiers to storm the compound, the regime’s de facto leader, Roberto Micheletti, said that instead he intended to starve Mr Zelaya out and was prepared to keep the siege going for “five to 10 years” if necessary.

Okay? This is a coup dictatorship that could be overthrown in hours if the US withdrew its support for it (instead, as I’ve written in the past, it is tacitly backing the dictatorship, hoping this will be a lesson to others in the region not to follow the Chavez model). There’s more background on the leadup to now here. There was a brief notice about current events in the Australian. Otherwise, apparently the Australian punditocracy doesn’t care if a democratically elected government is overthrown and the US supports it (and Australia hasn’t said anything that I can find about it). Funny that – remember when they were shedding tears over the struggle for democracy in Iran? It just shows how craven our intelligentsia is: the difference is that Zelaya had become independent of Washington, and was moving towards creating a regional support network of Latin American countries independent of the US, whereas Iran’s government is hostile to the US, so its overthrow would be welcomed by the US and our pundits weep bitterly over the importance of freedom in Iran, whilst not seeing the struggle for democracy in Honduras, because then the wrong guys might come into power and do terrible things like they’ve done before (ie, increase the minimum wage).

Here you can see a video of a mayor denouncing the atrocities and coup government at an independence day celebration, and first having his microphone cut off, before being arrested. Interviews about Honduras also at Democracy Now, which has been by far the leading independent media organisation in covering events (I also recommend Eva Gollinger’s Chavez Code blog, which followed events very closely).


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