Day 51, August 17, 2009 from Oscar (my translation)

Last Saturday the city of San Pedro Sula awoke to the thunder of military helicopters in their airspace, and afterwards it filtered down through the press that the hubbub was due to the presence of Roberto Micheletti in the 105th infantry brigade. What made Mr. Micheletti leave his presidential bunker to meet with the military leaders in the northern city? Official statements informed us later that it was to plan the arrival of the de facto president to his home town, El Progreso. They were meeting all day long, planning his 15 kilometer journey only to cancel it in the end. Whatever was discussed will undoubtedly be revealed in the course of the week.

Today, Monday, the resistance has won an ally that up until now had been only lukewarm in its support of the people's cause. Taxi drivers nationwide have gone on strike demanding the payment of a government fuel subsidy approved by President Zelaya. Micheletti wanted to get ahead of the strike and announced that a picket line of taxi drivers in front of the presidential residence was there in support of the white "democracy." This was immediately denied by the union who also reported that they offered them 500 lempiras each to join the supporters, and taxi licenses for those who didn't have them. And although the statements of some of the leaders in favor of the resistance have been unclear, this strike is interesting because it introduces the economic factor into the crisis, and it's that as fuel keeps going up, the economy has gone down by 30% according to economic analysts. The recession will make it so that, just like the taxi drivers, other sectors of national economic life that up until now have remained on the outskirts of the conflict will join the call for Zelaya's return.

Today the Interamerican Commission of Human Rights arrived with the objective of inspecting the condition of human rights in the country. According to the National Commissioner Ramón Custodio, they are coming as tourists and he expects impartiality from them, because according to the press, the Honduran people have the right to live in peace, in order and to freely self-determine without being disrespected by the nations of the world.

I was impressed by the degree of ignorance vis-a-vis human rights on the part of the regime and its media allies, who cry out, loudly demanding that the commission be impartial and to understand the antecedents of the "constitutional succession." According to this request for impartiality, the causes that brought about the coup justified the violation of human rights, and even more ridiculously, put the protesters on par with the armed state actors in the conflict. Within this call, it is unsurprising that certain journalists are demanding that they investigate the violations of human rights suffered by the police at the hands of the "rebellious Mel followers." Human Rights, journalists, sirs, can only be violated by The State, which is simultaneously responsible for guaranteeing them and for pursuing those responsible for abuses.

The USA embassy announced this weekend that ambassador Llorens would be leaving the country. Llorens, according to the diplomatic source, went on vacation and was not leaving as a result of a Washington-ordered withdrawal. Micheletti, in another of his ill-fated communiques, told the press that he hopes he will not return to the country. According to him, Mr. Llorens has harmed the country by recognizing Zelaya as president, but he does not dare to ask him to leave for fear of obtaining a response similar to that given by the Venezuelan ambassador, who said that since he did not recognize the de facto government, he also did not recognize their order for him to leave the country. In that sense Mr. Custodio López is also right, the IAHCR comes in a tourist capacity, since as they don't recognize the Honduran government, they cannot come in an official capacity.

The Supreme Court has declared that it will review the record of Judge Maritza Arita, following her decision to let the protesters captured last Tuesday, and accused of setting Popeye's restaurant on fire, out on probation. In this way they seek to exercise pressure so that, despite the clear lack of evidence or independence of the bench, they can imprison the accused for political reasons.

Eduardo Villanueva, de facto director of the National Agrarian Institute (INA) recently expressed that time is running out for the possibility of a negotiated solution with the group of peasants that have taken over the facilities of the INA at the national level since the very day of the coup. If these negotiations don't succeed, he will ask the police to immediately evict them. Mr. Villanueva's threat reminds us of one of the key conflicts that led to the crisis of governability that we are living in: Agrarian Reform and land tenure. The peasants took over the offices of the INA because they know that the legal land claims are in danger of disappearing if they allow the entrance of the new authorities whose end goal is to finish off the agrarian struggle once and for all. But if the repressive organs of the state believe that forcibly evicting organized peasants from the facilities of the INA will be as easy as it was to evict the feminist compañeras from the offices of the INAM. This could spread the violence that up until now has been centralized in urban areas, increasing the magnitude of the resistance to become truly nationwide.

Yesterday a meeting of the Resistance Front took place in the facilities of STIBYS. As in the others, the leadership carried on behind closed doors discussing the situation of the movement and what strategy to follow this coming week, and after two hours they got up on the platform, from which they asked the assembled group if they were in agreement with the previously agreed-upon actions. It gives the impression that the front mistrusts the larger group, or fears itself incapable of controlling it, discussing everything behind closed doors and thus keeping exposure at a minimum. It is clear that the dissatisfaction of the bases is huge and that they rightly distrust "democratic centralism."

There is strong pressure from within the front to derail the energy of the resistance in the coming elections. Figures like César Ham of the Democratic Unification party, supported by sectors of the Liberal Party, call for the formation of de facto alliance (according to electoral law it is too late for a legal one) to confront the elections. The idea of elections is condemned by the majority of people supporting the resistance. They are aware that speaking of the topic at a time when we still have not returned to constitutional order, will do nothing but legitimate a regime that we have been risking our lives to oppose for nearly two months. The call to boycott the elections should be universal in the present circumstances and whoever calls for elections will be seen by the resistance, without a doubt, as a traitor.

Painted signs for last year's primary elections can be seen on the highway to San Pedro Sula. All of them–the vast majority–are worn out and sad-looking. But a few, seemingly impervious to weather and time, call one's attention. The signs that read "Roberto Micheletti presidente 2010-2014" have been recently painted and are the only ones to stand out in middle of the political crisis.

¡NO PASARÁN!

Original:
Día cincuenta y uno, 17 de agosto de 2009

El sábado pasado la ciudad de San Pedro Sula despertó con el tronar de los helicópteros miliares en su espacio aéreo, luego se filtró por la prensa nacional que el alboroto se debía a la presencia de Roberto Micheletti en la 105 brigada de infantería. ¿Qué obligó al señor Micheletti a salir de su búnker presidencial y reunirse con la cúpula militar en la ciudad del norte?, declaraciones oficiales informaron más adelante que era para programar la llegada del presidente de facto a su ciudad natal, El Progreso. Estuvieron reunidos todo el día programando su viaje de 15 kilómetros para finalmente cancelarlo. Sea lo que sea que se discutió, no cabe duda lo sabremos en el transcurso de esta semana.

El día de hoy lunes la resistencia ha ganado un aliado que hasta el momento había dado un apoyo tibio la causa popular. Los taxistas a nivel nacional se han sumado a un paro de sus unidades reclamando el pago del bono por ajuste de combustibles que aprobara el Presidente Zelaya. En su momento Micheletti quiso adelantarse a la huelga y anunció un plantón de taxistas en frente de casa presidencial en apoyo a “la democracia” blanca. Inmediatamente fueron desmentidos por el gremio denunciando además que desde casa de gobierno les ofrecieron quinientos lempiras por unidad que se sume al apoyo y números de taxi para los que carecen de los mismos. Lo cierto es que, a pesar que las declaraciones de algunos de los dirigentes a favor de la resistencia han sido muy poco claro, este paro es interesante porque introduce a la crisis el factor económico, y es que en la medida que el combustible sigue subiendo, la economía se ha retraído en un treinta porciento según analistas económicos. La recesión hará que, al igual que los taxistas, otros sectores de la vida económica nacional, que hasta el momento se han mantenido al margen del conflicto, se sumen al reclamo por el retorno del Presidente Zelaya.

Hoy llegó al país la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos con el objetivo de inspeccionar la condición de los mismos en el país. Según el Comisionado Nacional Ramón Custodio, vienen en calidad de turistas y espera de ellos imparcialidad, porque según dijo a la prensa, el pueblo hondureño tiene derecho a vivir en paz, en orden, a auto determinarse libremente y a no ser irrespetado por los pueblos del mundo.

Me impresiona el grado de ignorancia en cuanto a Derechos Humanos que manifiesta el régimen y sus aliados mediáticos, que claman a viva voz que la comisión sea imparcial y entender los antecedentes de la “sucesión constitucional”. Según este pedido de imparcialidad, las causas que generaron el golpe justifican la violación a los derechos humanos, y más ridículo aún, pone de iguales a manifestantes y cuerpo armado del estado en el conflicto. Dentro de este reclamo, no es de extrañar las declaraciones de ciertos periodistas que exigen que se investigue las violaciones a los derechos humanos que sufre la policía por parte de los “revoltosos melistas”. Los Derechos Humanos, señores comunicadores, sólo pueden ser violados por El Estado, quien es a su vez el responsable de garantizarlos y perseguir a los responsables de los abusos.

La Embajada USAmericana anunció este fin de semana la salida del país de su embajador Llorens quien, según la fuente diplomática, salió de vacaciones y no a consecuencia del retiro del mismo desde Washington. Micheletti, en otra de sus infortunados comentarios, dijo a la prensa que ojalá y no regrese al país. Según él, el señor Llorens ha perjudicado al país al reconocer a Zelaya como presidente, pero no se atreve a pedir su salida por temor a obtener una respuesta similar a la que diera el embajador de Venezuela, quien dijo que al no reconocer al gobierno de facto, desconocen también su llamado a abandonar el país. En ese sentido tiene razón también el señor Custodio López, la CIDH viene en calidad de turistas, porque al no reconocer al gobierno hondureños, no puede llegar en calidad oficial.

La Corte Suprema de Justicia ha declarado que revisará la hoja de vida de la Jueza Maritza Arita, esto luego de su decisión de dejar libre con medidas cautelares a los capturados el martes pasado imputados por el incendio del restaurante Popeyes. Con eso buscan ejercer presión para que, pese a la evidente falta de pruebas y a la independencia de los jueces, se ordene prisión a los procesados por causas políticas.

Eduardo Villanueva, director de facto del Instituto Nacional Agrario manifestó recientemente, que están agotando las salidas negociadas con el grupo de campesinos que mantiene tomadas las instalaciones del INA a nivel nacional desde el día mismo del golpe. Si estas negociaciones no prosperan, pediría a la policía su inmediato desalojo. Esta amenaza por parte del señor Villanueva nos hace recordar uno de los conflictos claves que llevó a la crisis de gobernabilidad que vivimos: La Reforma Agraria y la tenencia de la tierra. Los campesinos se tomaron las oficinas del INA, porque saben que los expedientes de adjudicación están en peligro de desaparecer si dejan entrar a las nuevas autoridades que traen como finalidad terminar con la lucha agraria. Pero se equivocan si creen los órganos represores que desalojar los campesinos organizados de las instalaciones del INA va a ser tan fácil como lo fue desalojar a las compañeras feministas de las oficinas del INAM. Esto podría extender la violencia que hasta el momento se ha centralizado en las urbes, dándole magnitud plenamente nacional a la resistencia.

El día de ayer se realizó la asamblea del Frente de Resistencia en las instalaciones del STIBYS. Al igual que las otras, la dirigencia se dio cita a puerta cerrada discutiendo la situación del movimiento y la estrategia a seguir esta semana, luego de dos horas subieron a la tarima en donde levantaron consignas preguntando a la asamblea si estaba de acuerdo con las acciones previamente acordadas. Da la impresión que la dirección del frente desconfía de la asamblea o teme no ser capaz de controlarla al discutir todo a puerta cerrada impidiendo así su manifestación. Lo cierto es que descontento de las bases es grande y desconfía justamente del “centralismo democrático”.

Existe una presión fuerte al interior del frente por desviar la energía de la resistencia a las próximas elecciones. Figuras como César Ham del Partido Unificación Democrática, acuerpados por sectores del Partido Liberal, llaman por la formación de una alianza de hecho (de derecho estaría fuera de tiempo según la ley electoral) para enfrentar los comicios. La idea de las elecciones produce repudio en la mayoría de la gente que apoya la resistencia, se está consciente que hablar del tema, cuando aun no se vuelve al orden constitucional, no hará sino legitimar un régimen que venimos enfrentando a riesgo de nuestra vida desde hace casi dos meses. El llamado al boicot de las elecciones debe ser general en las actuales circunstancias y quien llame a las mismas por parte de la resistencia será visto, sin lugar a dudas, como traidor.

En la carretera que conduce a la ciudad de San Pedro Sula pueden verse los carteles pintados para las anteriores elecciones internas. Todos, en su gran mayoría lucen desgastados y tristes. Llama la atención que hay unos que parecen ser inalterables al clima y el tiempo. Los carteles que dicen: Roberto Micheletti presidente 2010-2014 han sido recién pintados y son los únicos que sobresalen en medio de la crisis política.

¡NO PASARÁN!

Comments

Taxi drivers

Actually, only half the taxi drivers in Tegus are on strike - the other half are complaining that the first lot are blocking the roads and stopping them from earning money!

The rest of the taxi drivers nationwide are working normally.

The ones that are on strike are not striking because they are pro-Zelaya - they are striking because Zelaya passed a law which gave them a bonus if the fuel price was above a certain level. However, Zelaya never actually paid the taxi drivers anything anyway - neither will Micheletti if he's got any sense!

And the striking taxi drivers will be back at work in a few days when they realise they have no income to support their families.

Re the Human Rights issue - as usual, you are wrong. Anybody can violate anybody else's human rights - suggest you read the relevant Human Rights charters from the UN, EU, USA and many others.

As usual, an informative article full of disinformation and lies. I congratulate you in that you manage to keep up this rubbish day after day - you must have nothing else to do.

You must know about disinformation, pal...

Pray tell,

How do you know that exactly HALF of taxi drivers in Tegus are on strike?

And is it exactly true that the other half are complaining?

Did you count them?

I don't think so.

Basically, this is what they call B.U.L.L.S.H.I.T. in some places I've been.

More educated people would call it A LIE, which to me is also related to disinformation.

But let's see some more of your stuff:

'Zelaya never paid the taxi drivers anything, anyway'.

Oh, so they must be stupid, all of them, because they protest for something they never got, huh?

Again, this is not so.

More lies and disinformation, dude.

I count 4 taxi drivers as friends.

I know.

Suggest you go talk to the taxi drivers before babbling nonsense about them.

Let's see what else you got:

'The ones that are on strike are not striking because they are pro-Zelaya'

How do you know?

Did you ask them?

All of them?

Please tell us, what amazing formula do you use to get to know people's feeling from a very safe and convenient distance?

Lies and disinformation, dude, just lies and disinformation, rubbish, as you call it.

I would bet that a good number of those taxi drivers would kick your ass if they knew that you are taking so freely the liberty of talking about them, even while it is very clear that you are ignorant of their hardships and the source of their demands.

'And the striking taxi drivers will be back at work in a few days when they realise (sic) they have no income to support their families.'

NO!

You think so, Homer?

Duh!

RE: the Human Rights Issue - please, you try so hard to disagree that you hurt your own statements.

Obviously, Human Rights in this context are being contemplated from the state's stewardship of them.

In Honduras there is a dictatorial and illegal regime violating the Human Rights of those Hondurans that act upon the disobedience guaranteed to them by article 3 of the Constitution, and that is the context we are dealing with.

Your deep need to quibble is understandable, though.

You are a golpista yourself, full of venom, hatred, and impotence.

Enjoy how we, the people, take over.

Salud!

Dan

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I'll be delighted to manage your poison myself, and show you a few tricks you need, kid.