From British daily The Morning Star:
World says No to Honduran coup
Monday 29 June 2009
by Roger Bagley in Parliament
A worldwide outcry has demanded restoration of democratically elected Honduran President Manuel Zelaya and an end to the military coup.
Mr Zelaya, who was kidnapped by troops and forcibly expelled to Costa Rica on Sunday, condemned the plot by “a very voracious elite” which wanted to keep the country “in an extreme level of poverty.”
As jittery troops and tanks patrolled the streets of the capital Tegucigalpa, President Zelaya urged Hondurans to resist the coup-plotters.
Late last night, he flew to Nicaraguan capital Managua for a key meeting of leaders of ALBA, the progressive regional bloc started by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez which Honduras is a member of.
UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon called for “the reinstatement of the democratically elected representatives of the country.”
And Bolivian President Evo Morales proclaimed: “We no longer live under dictatorships.”
Condemning “an adventure of a group of the military who have assaulted democracy,” Mr Morales predicted: “They will fail.”
Progressives around the world suspected the involvement of the CIA and the US government. However, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the action taken against the Honduran president “should be condemned by all.” …
[British] Labour MP Colin Burgon, chairman of the all-party parliamentary group on Venezuela, said: “There can be no return to the military coups and foreign interventions that devastated millions of lives in Latin America over past decades.”
Mr Burgon urged governments across the world to ensure that President Zelaya is returned to office, “as is the wish of the Honduran people.”
Former mayor of London Ken Livingstone declared: “The world should unite to stop this attempt to return Latin America to the bloody past of military coups to block the will of the people.”
Mr Livingstone called upon the British government to “unreservedly condemn” the military coup.
He also urged President Obama, “who has promised a new era of relations between the US and south America,” to do everything in his power to support the restoration of democracy in Honduras.
Communist Party of Britain general secretary Robert Griffiths condemned the coup and called for an end to military violence against civilian protesters.
“The coup shows that Honduras’s privileged elite is willing to use any means to protect their wealth and power,” Mr Griffiths said, urging the British labour movement, particularly Labour MPs and trade unions, to express the “fullest solidarity” with those defending democratic rights in Honduras and to protest at the Honduran embassy in London.
President Chavez [of Venezuela] said the coup was a “grave challenge” to democracy. …
Solidarity campaigners from Hands Off Venezuela and other groups will rally outside the Honduran embassy at 115 Gloucester Place, London W1 (nearest Tube: Baker Street) this evening from 5pm to protest against the coup.
Anti Honduran coup rally in San Francisco, USA: here.
Sinn Fein in Ireland on the coup: here.
From Al Jazeera:
Mariana Sanchez, Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Tegucigalpa, said the situation around the presidential compound was “very tense”.
“We know that there was a ceremony expected for Roberto Micheletti, [the replacement for Zelaya as president] but apparently they could not come to the palace because the protesters have blocked the way,” she said.
International Trade Union Movement Condemns Coup in Honduras: here.
While publicly opposing the military coup that ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya on Sunday, the Obama administration on Monday indicated that it will not cut off aid to the Central American country or demand Zelaya’s reinstatement: here.