From British daily The Morning Star:
Friday 14 August 2009
Argentina has ordered the expulsion of the Honduran ambassador because of her support for the coup that ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya.
The foreign ministry released a statement on Thursday which said: “At the request of the constitutional President of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, the Argentine foreign ministry ordered the cessation of functions of the Honduran Ambassador to Buenos Aires, Carmen Eleonora Ortez Williams.”
It added that Ms Ortez had voiced support for coup chief Roberto Micheletti, who is not recognised by the international community.
The ministry said that Argentina’s relations with Honduras will now be conducted through Honduras‘s embassy in the US.
Argentina, which has lived through the horrors of bloody coup d’états and dictatorships, knows what it is talking about.
The coup regime appeared to reverse course yesterday, rejecting any official visit by the head of the Organisation of American States, days after it had said that OAS chief Jose Miguel Insulza could come as an observer with a diplomatic delegation.
Mr Micheletti declared that Mr Insulza was not welcome except as a tourist, saying: “For us, he is not welcome in this country unless he comes as a tourist, to spend dollars.”
The de facto dictatorial regime is racist:
The day after the military coup, Enrique Ortez Colindres was appointed foreign minister by the de facto authorities, replacing exiled minister Patricia Rodas. Since then, Ortez Colindres has made a series of degrading statements about U.S. President Barack Obama and Afro-descendants in general, including repeatedly using the term “negrito” and “negrito del batey” which translate into “little Black boy” and “little Black sugar plantation worker,” respectively.
The term “negrito” is a universally degrading and racist term used to refer to people of African descent in Latin America and synonymous with the English equivalent “nigger.”
This is a video of a solidarity picket with Honduras in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Solidarity in New York City: here.
Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet received Zelaya with head-of-state honors and reiterated her government’s recognition of him as the democratically elected president of Honduras.
“We will continue to support all actions” aimed at restoring Zelaya to the presidency, said Bachelet, whose country saw a CIA-backed coup in 1973 that ushered in the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet.
Chile and Argentina this week cut off relations with Honduran ambassadors tied to the Micheletti’s interim government.
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