Rather than trying to format the whole darn thing, footnotes and all, I am including a link to the pdf version of the document titled Preliminary Report Regarding the Coup d'Etat from the Government of President José Manuel Zelaya. This rushed translation (please forgive any errors) is the result of many of hours of last-minute labor by Charles Utwater, Doug Zylstra and myself. Below are the conclusions of this epic document:
A week has passed since I wrote my last note and although the reality of Honduras remains in constant flux, in fact it seems that little has changed. I am outside the country, and it scares me to see how, if one doesn't specifically seek out information on Honduras, it seems like nothing is happening. Nothing: not the constant mobilization of the people, not the violation of their fundamental rights, not the deaths, not the disappearances that arise from the most horrifying crevices of the regime.
Today, Monday, August 31, 2009, Honduran National Police has issued an arrest warrant against Mr. Hugo Maldonado, Human Rights defender, and founding member of the NATIONAL RESISTANCE FRONT AGAINST THE COUP D'ETAT IN HONDURAS. The arrest warrant comes upon 'orders' from Colonel Marlon Mendoza Garay, a well known Partido Nacional militant, who, enraged against the people protesting against the political-electoral acts of the Golpista regime, has promised to 'sink' Mr. Hugo Maldonado, in his own words, according to witnesses at the scene.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 31, 2009
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USW Women of Steel Ask Lawmakers to Protect Honduran Women Brutalized by Coup Regime
( Pittsburgh ) -- Members of the United Steelworkers (USW) Women of Steel organization today sought immediate action by the U.S. Department of State to protect Honduran woman who have been brutalized by officials of the coup regime.
Miguel D'Escoto requests a special Human Rights rapporteur for Honduras (my translation)
La Paz, 29 Ago. ABN.- The president of the United Nations General Assembly, Miguel D'Escoto, announced this Saturday in Bolivia that he would solicit the naming of a special rapporteur to report on the situation of human rights in Honduras, following the coup d'etat in that country.
See her most recent two posts, A response to criticism from coup supporters in Honduras and Burn Rate, a short but important piece copied below:
Friday, August 28, 2009
Since the Honduran military coup of June 28, 2009, I have been posting frequent translations of articles, official statements, rants, accords, blog posts, and other sundry notes. I have focused my blog posts these past months on first-hand accounts of the coup, because with all of the brilliant analyses coming from Hondurans (and from a few particularly astute outside participant-observers in Honduras), I feel at this stage it would be narcissistic and premature to privilege my own. Of course, that hasn't kept me from opining, as you know if you've been reading.
Originally published in Socialismo o Barbarie, periodical No. 156, 07/30/09
Notes from the Resistance:
Honduras needs a general strike
By Santiago, Socialist Workers' Party of Costa Rica, member of SoB stream, From Honduras in the struggle against the coup, 07/26/09, translation by María Soledad Cervantes
The Honduran people’s fight against the military coup fulfills all the requirements to be qualified as heroic. As these lines are written, we have counted 29 days of continued mobilizations against the coup leaders and, notwithstanding hundreds of arrestees and scores of casualties --injured and dead- caused by military repression, the Honduran people are not desisting from their struggle against the de facto regime and for the restoration of Mel Zelaya.