“Zapatero a tu zapato” [literally “shoemaker to your shoe,” meaning roughly mind your own business, and in this case playing on the name of the Prime Minister of Spain], said the sadly celebrated “chancellor” Enrique Ortéz Colindres more than 2 months ago when Spain condemned the Honduran coup. Today the Spanish papers announced that Zapatero had presented a list of characters from the Micheletti government who are banned from Spanish territory, and with this they are trying to force a firmer stance from the European Union.
This happened a few days ago (Sept. 15, Central American Independence Day), and I hadn't posted it here because it was in Spanish, but then I realized all non-Spanish-speakers need is a 3-sentence summary to understand. See summary below.
Honduras: Human Rights Violations
Wednesday, 16 September 2009, 4:34 pm
Press Release: Asian Human Rights Commission
September 15, 2009
A joint statement by the Asian Legal Resource Centre and other International NGOs
Honduras: NGOs Call For Establishment Of International Group Of Experts To Monitor Human Rights Violations
UN Human Rights Council Member-States
September 14, 2009
On September 15th we celebrate the independence of Central America, in a fiesta traditionally characterized by military bands, marching squads and baton-twirlers from secondary schools who compete among themselves for first place of all those marching in the street. This has always been an opportunity for the population to be spectators of the tribute paid by the youth to the nation. Together with their families, thousands of people line the streets from the very early hours to watch the schoolchildren pass by on their way to the national stadium where the parade ends.
See yesterday's report by Bill Conroy and Al Giordano, highlighting Clinton's personal ties to the coup Pro-Coup Honduras Presidential Candidate Elvin Santos Is a Key Beneficiary of Continued US Government Funding: The Liberal Party Nominee’s Construction Company Enjoys a Multi-Million Dollar Contract, Government Records Show. Article includes link to a list of MCC contracts awarded in Honduras through June of this year.
Solidarity Urged: Guillermo Rafael Baquero Serrano detained in Honduras
Freedom for Guillermo Rafael Baquero Serrano
To all Honduran Human Rights organizations and international agencies, we inform we have received the following denunciation regarding the young man Guillermo Rafael Baquero Serrano, who has been detained in Honduras, we demand that he is freed immediately and all his civil, political and human rights are fully respected.
To these ends we are divulging the denunciation as it was sent us
Ah, the changing ethical concerns of minor celebrity...You know you're having an impact when you start getting hate mail.
See http://libwww.freelibrary.org/. Who needs fascism when you have neoliberalism? The libraries in Philly are heavily used. I did an event this summer on Honduras there at the huge Free Library and 100 people showed up. The stacks were crowded. You don't need to burn books when you can just shut off public access.
Again with the connections: Myrna Castro, Philadelphia City Council == Same Process. This must be stopped. Go to the website's home page to see the numbers to call and the other actions being organized.
To the utter delight of nearly all my Honduran friends, the head of an important national business association and once of the most powerful golpistas, Adolfo Facussé, was unceremoniously taken from his plane on arrival to Miami and sent back to Honduras, sin visa. Since it happened two days ago the jokes circulating, including a rather elaborate MasterCard ("MelCard") one ("priceless"), are quite a breath of fresh air for a group of small-d democrats who know the worst is still likely yet to come.