Honduran ‘elections’ held on Sunday Nov. 29

The military coup government in Honduras held an ‘election’ on Sunday. Leaders from Latin America, Spaion and brazil and Portugal called for reinstatement of deposed president Zelaya as a step towards restoring democracy in Honduras. Argentina and Brazil refused to recognize the results of the ‘election’.

The U.S. State Department said “the election was a significant, but insufficient step, to end to political crisis that began there in June with the ouster of President Manuel Zelaya” as reported by the VOA. The phrase ‘significant but not sufficient’ seems to typify the Obama administration’s inability to decide if it is for change in American conduct, which would seem to lead to dismissing the ‘election’ and calling for a reinstatement of Zelaya, or if ‘change’ only means regime change in Washington from Bush/Cheney, notably on the crazed end of the scale, to the Obama adminstration recycling typical Democratic conduct of the U.S. in the world (business as usual, the use of military and economic power to enrich the country’s elites couched in slightly less jarring rhetoric than the neo-liberal ‘we rule the world’ variant).

I put election in quotes because an ‘election’ carried out under the auspices of  a government installed by a military coup can not be viewed as a democratic election.

Mark Weisbrot, Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, issued a press in which he refers to the Washington-based human rights organization Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) “a climate of harassment, violence, and violation of the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly”.

Further, Weisbrot notes the police violence, intimidation, and the threat of criminal charges being levelled against anyone advocating a boycott of the election. He also cites deposed President Zelaya who noted that neither the the Organization of American States, European Union, nor the Carter Cente sent observers to the ‘election’.

Zelaya remains in the Brazilian ambassy, the Obama administration seems to be hoping opposition to the coup/’election’ will disappear and the coup members are hoping that their coup will become another ‘fact on the ground’.

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