What began yesterday with a popular surprise party, following the unexpected arrival of President Zelaya to national territory, has become a savage persecution extending throughout the city against the women and men of the resistance.
Radio stations (Radio Globo, Radio Progreso) unavailable on air are still available on the internet (on & off). For minute-by-minute updates in Spanish by Oscar Estrada (currently in hiding near the Brazilian embassy with his partner Camille Collins Lovell and their young son Owen) and others, see: honduras.mediosindependientes.org.
I'm off to my day job, then to an interview with Russia Today on the situation in Honduras. Follow the HONDURAS COUP LINKS to the left for news in the meantime.
SOA Watch has a number of direct links. From their site:
Click here to contact your Member of Congress to demand that they take a stand for democracy and against the SOA-graduate-led military coup.
Please take a couple minutes and call the State Department at 202-647-4000 to deliver the following message: "Work for the unconditional immediate reinstatement of President Zelaya, demand that the Honduran military doesn't move against the people and their democratically elected president, Mel Zelaya and ensure that the coup plotters will be held responsible for their actions. Any bloodshed will be on the hands of the coup government and security forces."
Call the White House comment line at 202-456-1111 with the same message.
It's worth noting, as RAJ does, that Micheletti's constitutional order involves suspending the constitution, first de facto, and now openly. A State of Emergency has been declared and the Constitution suspended. It's time for us to brush up on our Agamben.
Heavily armed soldiers are currently invading the building next to the Brazilian embassy, breaking through to get access to the Brazilian embassy.
The Hospital Escuela, which reports 17 critically injured patients (3 already dead) from the military attack outside the Brazilian embassy, and the Social Security Clinic, are currently surrounded by military soldiers, attempting to remove the patients.
Stop the Brutality of the Military Coup
We confirm the terrible news that teargas and pepper gas canisters have been thrown from airplanes and by military troops, not only at the Brazilian Embassy but also around its perimeter so that the gas covers an extensive area, along with gunshots. This situation puts President Zelaya's life in danger, along with the diplomatic corps and all the members of the Resistance who have stayed outside the whole night, peacefully accompanying the legitimate President of Honduras.
A clear attempt to prevent Insulza, Arias, and any observers from entering the country.
The military are forcing protesters away from the embassy, shooting at them. It is feared that they will invade the embassy.
Let us embrace the dreams of hope and liberty
Juan Almendares, translation by RAJ
To planetary humanity, to the friends, men and women, of International Earth.
To the Movement for World Peace.
Today we add to the local and worldwide jubilation for the heroic return
of the legitimate president of the Republic of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya
Rosales, who has received the popular warmth and the hospitality of the
Embassy of Brazil and who expresses a spirit of dialogue, of openness and
of firmness so that the constitutional order will return, without