Boycott of Nov. 29 Honduras Elections Announced
Sharibi: Resistance Against the Coup Announces Boycott of Nov. 29 Honduras Elections
November 6, 2009
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November 5, the day that was supposed to bring the end of the coup regime and the reinstatement of President Zelaya in Honduras, has come and gone without the promised changes. Now, the National Resistance Front against the Coup d’Etat has issued a statement in response to the continued stalling tactics of the coup government.
Tamar Sharibi reports:
“Hundreds of people have congregated daily outside the Honduran National Congress to pressure its members (known as ‘Diputados,’ or Deputies) to finally reinstate President Manuel Zelaya. The new wave of hope came after the US State Department’s visit that many interpret as a tactic to guarantee the November 29 elections. While US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton proclaimed a ‘breakthrough in negotiations in Honduras,’ things on the ground still seemed to be at a stalemate as of Thursday afternoon, November 5, the date that, according to the accord signed last week, should have brought – but didn’t bring – the end of the coup regime.
“…Despite last week’s US Delegation and the accord that resulted, police and military repression continue. On Thursday Oct 29, Day 124 of the resistance, a peaceful march organized by the resistance movement and the UD, the Democratic Unification Party, the only national political party to oppose the coup from the beginning, came under physical attack from coup security forces. The Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE, in its Spanish initials) had granted the UD party a permit to hold the march. Interestingly enough, the October 29 was also the first day that control over the military was transferred to the TSE purportedly to guarantee the ‘safety’ of the elections.
“So what conclusions can we draw from the US State Department visit? Considering the US Embassy’s media contacts list or following the mainstream media, one might be lead to believe that the State Department delegation truly was as historic as Secretary Clinton claimed it was. The walls of Tegucigalpa, though, shout a different message: ‘Solo el pueblo salva el pueblo,’ (Only the people save the people). On the ground, most people never really trusted any of the diplomatic visits in the first place”
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