Many in the United States find ourselves watching aghast and angered as the Honduran coup criminals act with flagrant brutality against the people of Honduras to try to achieve an anti-democratic strike against the Honduran working people's struggle.
The coup leader's desperate attacks on the Honduran people in an attempt squash support for President Zelaya is resulting in many woundings and deaths.
As reported in El Pais:
A nurse whose name cannot be mentioned guided him through rooms full of people wounded by bullets. "They have been arriving for several nights," she explained, "the police bring them and leave them here. All of them were shot during the coup. Some of them are in very bad shape. ... None of this is reported in the newspapers."
Did President Zalaya break Honduran law, as the coup leadership claims? No!
As reported by ALBERTO VALLENTE THORENSEN in CounterPunch's article Behind the Honduran Coup: Why Zelaya's Actions Were Legal:
The Honduran Supreme Court of Justice, Attorney General, National Congress, Armed Forces and Supreme Electoral Tribunal have all falsely accused Manuel Zelaya of attempting a referendum to extend his term in office.
According to Honduran law, this attempt would be illegal. ...
Nevertheless, this is far from what President Zelaya attempted to do in Honduras the past Sunday and which the Honduran political/military elites disliked so much. President Zelaya intended to perform a non-binding public consultation, about the conformation of an elected National Constituent Assembly....
Furthermore, the Honduran Constitution says nothing against the conformation of an elected National Constituent Assembly, with the mandate to draw up a completely new constitution, which the Honduran public would need to approve. ...
...The National Constituent Assembly’s mandate would come directly from the Honduran people, who would have to approve the new draft for a constitution, unlike constitutional amendments that only need 2/3 of the votes in Congress. This popular constitution would be more democratic and it would contrast with the current 1982 Constitution, which was the product of a context characterized by counter-insurgency policies supported by the US-government, civil façade military governments and undemocratic policies.
For what crimes against the rich is President Zelaya being persecuted? As reported by Interconnect:
Since Zelaya became president Honduras has:
a.. Increased the minimum wage.
b.. Improved working conditions of teachers.
c.. Instituted measures to re-nationalize energy-generating plants and the telephone system.
d.. Joined Petrocaribe, the oil-sharing plan begun by Venezuela.
e.. Joined ALBA, the Venezuelan-led trade bloc.
f.. Delayed formal accreditation of US Ambassador Hugo Llorens.
g.. Called for a national referendum to replace the Honduran constitution.
Zelaya has worked to loosen the death grip of US capital and Honduran oligarchies on the country's resources, supported labor, and tightened relationships with regional partners.
The Organization of American States, the European Union, and most Latin American countries have denounced the coup. President Obama has not yet called the coup a coup, which would have legal ramifications in the United States, but he has expressed support for the people protesting against the coup. Some Honduran towns have declared they do not recognize the coup government, and two army battalions are standing against the coup.
It is urgent to express support for the democratic rights of the people of Honduras. Please call President Obama at 202-456-1111 and ask that he call for the return of President Zelaya and Chancellor Rodas, and denounce the coup as a coup, which would result in ending US aid to Honduras until President Zelaya's return.