Sunday, June 28, 2009

Haiku 062809

lighting up
downtown's skyline...


Recently, we read the following:

Los Angeles Times: “Apparent coup in Honduras: President tells of his 'brutal kidnapping' “ by Tracy Wilkinson and Alex Renderos

"Honduran army troops seized President Manuel Zelaya early today and sent the leftist president into exile in an apparent coup, reports from the Central American country said.

"Troops moved through the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa, and surrounded the presidential palace and other government buildings. The state television network was off the air as hundreds of angry Honduran citizens poured into the streets and shouted support for Zelaya....

"The military action followed days of unrest ahead of a referendum over constitutional reforms scheduled for today. The vote was to ask Hondurans whether they wanted another referendum to change the constitution in a number of ways, including allowing re-election of the president.

“Army leaders opposed the vote, which they, Congress and election officials said was illegal. In response, Zelaya last week fired the top military commander and then ignored a Supreme Court order to reinstate him.

"President Obama, in a statement issued by the White House, said he was 'deeply concerned' about the developments.

" ‘As the Organization of American States did on Friday, I call on all political and social actors in Honduras to respect democratic norms, the rule of law and the tenets of the Inter-American Democratic Charter,’ the president said. ‘Any existing tensions and disputes must be resolved peacefully through dialogue free from any outside interference….’ "


And we thought:

…A fascist faction in the Honduran military forces perhaps thinks the world is still in the dark era of banana republics. On the other hand, was Zelaya in fact trying to have his country’s constitution amended for selfish interests? Was he angling for another presidential term? ....

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