Honduras election preview

An interview I gave to John Holman of CCTV Saturday night.

Radio Globo denounces militarization of stations

Radio Globo statement in English (see http://www.hondurassolidarity.org/2013/11/24/military-presence-at-radio-... for more detail):

Radio Globo denounces, that at this time, approximately 6:20am, military authorities arrived, since last night, at the antennas of transmission for Radio Globo and Channel 11, stations which did not submit to the gag order that the TSE (Honduran Supreme Electoral Tribunal) aims to impose on the country.

Four years after coup: Will Honduran elections be fair?

Brittany Peterson from Voice of Russia interviewed me a couple days ago. It's available HERE

Can social media stop fraud?

Okay, that's really the wrong question. But LIBRE has a clever plan to document fraud at least. I, like my taxi driver on the way to an interview last night, am worried about JOH's plans for today—there are so many possible ways to mar the election (see http://hondurasculturepolitics.blogspot.com/ for frightening details on the technological option, and for everything else). My driver also gave a better explanation of symbolic violence than I have ever heard, and I wish I had been less tired and had had a recording device.

Agents in ski masks intimidate foreign election observers

From Suyapa Portillo

November 23, 2013

Today around 10:30-11am in Hotel Suites Aurora in Tegucigalpa 5 men and 1 woman armed civilians dressed men with ski masks offered no identification, another 3 were wearing Immigration t-shirts, who went to reception. and they asked for passports for the people in the lobby who were here, as well as asked for all International Observers to come to the lobby, asked them questions and looked through their passports and took personal records. They took 2 passports from Brazilian international observers without explaining why. When they asked why, they say “because yes we can”. They explained they were tourists and still they took passports without credible cause.

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Election process press coverage from yesterday (in Spanish)

(sent by Andrés Tomás Conteris)
Monitoreo de Prensa - Viernes 22 de Noviembre del 2013
Proceso Electoral en Honduras
Agencias de Cooperación Internacional ACI

El fraude viene y nadie lo detiene

The above title "Fraud is coming and no one can stop it" comes from a text message sent by a friend yesterday, who added that he said so with great sadness. It's a sentiment I've heard expressed in private many times over the past few days. The public message from all sides is for Hondurans to not be afraid, to go out and vote in massive numbers on Sunday, though LIBRE is specifically calling for voters to vote early in anticipation of "irregularities" (a euphemism everyone understands here to mean things much more dangerous than it sounds).

What has been going on in the past day?

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