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AP Crows: Honduras Grows Less Stable

Some wishful thinking from the Associated Press:

Honduras slides toward greater instability

By Will Weissert And Jeanneth Valdivieso, Associated Press Writers

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – Already volatile Honduras slid toward greater instability after soldiers blocked an airport runway to keep ousted President Manuel Zelaya from returning, and protests that had remained largely peaceful yielded their first death.

Police and soldiers blanketed the streets of the capital early Monday — enforcing a sunset-to-sunrise curfew with batons and metal poles. Officials closed the country’s main airport to all flights for 24 hours starting Monday morning.

Soldiers clashed Sunday with thousands of Zelaya backers massed at the airport in hopes of welcoming home the deposed leader deposed a week earlier.

But military vehicles and soldiers blocked the runway. Pilots of the plane loaned by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez circled the airport and decided not to risk a crash.

Zelaya instead headed for El Salvador, and vowed to try again Monday or Tuesday in his high-stakes effort to return to power in a country where all branches of government have lined up against him…

Clashes broke out Sunday afternoon between police and soldiers and the huge crowd of Zelaya supporters surrounding Tegucigalpa’s international airport. At least one man was killed — shot in the head from inside the airport as people tried to break through a security fence, according to an Associated Press photographer at the scene

When Zelaya’s plane was turned away, his supporters began chanting "We want blue helmets!" — a reference to U.N. peacekeepers.

Karin Antunez, 27, was in tears.

"We’re scared. We feel sad because these coup soldiers won’t let Mel return, but we’re not going to back down," she said, referring to Zelaya by his nickname. "We’re the people and we’re going to keep marching so that our president comes home."

Zelaya won wide international support after his ouster, but several presidents who originally were to accompany him decided it was too dangerous to fly on Zelaya’s plane, which carried only close advisers, two journalists from the Venezuela-based network Telesur and U.N. General Assembly President Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann, a leftist Nicaraguan priest and former foreign minister.

Honduras’ new government has vowed to arrest Zelaya for 18 alleged criminal acts including treason and failing to implement more than 80 laws approved by Congress since he took office in 2006. Zelaya also refused to comply with a Supreme Court ruling against his planned referendum on whether to hold an assembly to consider changing the constitution.

Critics feared Zelaya might try to extend his rule and cement presidential power in ways similar to what his ally Chavez has done in Venezuela — though Zelaya denied that.

But instead of prosecuting him or trying to defeat him at the ballot box, masked soldiers flew the president out of the country at gunpoint, and Congress installed Micheletti in his place

Moments after Zelaya’s plane was turned away, trucks filled with police ordered everyone off the streets.

"This is a war," said Matias Sauceda, 65, a human rights activist. "Imagine — things are so bad, that the president is in the air and they don’t let him land."

During the Iranian protests, which were far more widespread and far more violent, we never saw headlines claiming that Iran was ‘sliding towards greater instability.’

Especially compared to the fissures in Iran, the Honduran government seems amazingly unified in their opposition to Mr. Zelaya.

And speaking of the AP’s endless bias for dictators:

At least one man was killed — shot in the head from inside the airport as people tried to break through a security fence, according to an Associated Press photographer at the scene.

Yesterday, our watchdog media gleefully reported that there were at least two dead.

Now there has only been one death.  And it was ‘witnessed’ by an AP photographer. (Though not photographed.)

When Zelaya’s plane was turned away, his supporters began chanting "We want blue helmets!" — a reference to U.N. peacekeepers.

Gee, we wonder why they want the United Nations to come in.

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We also wonder why Mr. Zelaya’s supporters have such a penchant for the color red – and Che Guevara.

"This is a war," said Matias Sauceda, 65, a human rights activist. "Imagine — things are so bad, that the president is in the air and they don’t let him land."

Lastly we wonder why it is that ‘human rights activists’ seem to be always on the side that seeks to enslave people.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, July 6th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “AP Crows: Honduras Grows Less Stable”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    The thought of “blue” helmets anywhere would send the average liberty loving person running to the nearest gun shop to protect what is his from the ones the Blue Helmets are suppose to protect them from. The UN is toothless and the helmets are woosies and gutless in their duties. Anywhere the blue meanies have been sent………..they retreat and anarchy, looting, rape and commie activities follow. Ortaga and Chavez can’t wait for the UN to rear its’ ugly blue helmets there so they can’t put them in full retreat! (something they only know how to do)

  2. Chinnubie says:

    Blue Helmets mean free food!!!

    Why, Oh why, do these liberal media people always root for the despot dictators? What is so God awful wrong with earning a living and prospering to help your family continue to be prosperous so on & so forth. I can not for the life of me comprehend why the one party media wants to continually slam wanting to provide and have a good living.

    The people there have told the world that Zelaya has committed crimes against the country & its constitution, so for the love of God why are they so intent on claiming the current temporary government is doing anything wrong? This is the most ludicrous situation I’ve witnessed in my 41 years of living on this planet.

    I wish we could get our military to do the same thing because I’m pretty sure this president has committed some crimes against the state, but nobody has the guts to bring the charges. The Walpin fiasco is a perfect example of breaking the law and there isn’t so much as even a peep. Well I guess whoever ends up running against the messiah is going to have a ton of ammunition to throw up at him, assuming the potential candidate has the gonads to use the information to attack this lousy president.


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