Coup in Honduras- How Democracy Now Covered the Story


Honduran soldiers roused democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya from his bed at gunpoint and flew him to Costa Rica on the night of June 28th. The coup d’etat is the first in Central America in over a quarter century.

The coup, led by the Honduran Gen. Romeo Vasquez, has been condemned by the United States, the European Union, the United Nations, the Organization of American States and all of Honduras’ immediate national neighbors.

The Obama administration has refused to legally classify Zelaya’s ouster as a coup, which would automatically trigger a suspension of aid. However the administration has suspended military cooperation with the country.

Mass protests have erupted on the streets of Honduras, with reports that elements in the military loyal to Zelaya are rebelling against the coup.

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July 27, 2009: National Exclusive…Xiomara Castro de Zelaya, Wife of Ousted Honduran President, Calls on U.S. to Aid Her Husband’s Return Home: ‘We Want Justice, We Want Peace, We Demand the Return to Democracy’
We speak with the wife of the ousted Honduran president, First Lady Xiomara Castro de Zelaya. She’s spent the past day trying to get to the border with Nicaragua, and she joins us now from the town of Jacaleapa.

July 24, 2009: Defying Coup Regime, Zelaya Attempts Return to Honduras
Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya is attempting a risky return home after last month’s military coup. The coup regime has threatened to arrest him if he sets foot in the country. We go to Honduras to speak with Latin America historian Greg Grandin.

July 21, 2009: Despite Pledge to Cut Military Ties to Coup Regime, U.S. Continues to Train Honduran Soldiers at School of Americas
While the European Union cut off aid to the coup regime in Honduras, the United States continues the money flow and, while the U.S. says it has cut military ties, the National Catholic reporter reveals Honduran army officers are still receiving military training at the notorious the School of the Americas in Fort Benning, Georgia.

July 21, 2009: ‘From Arbenz to Zelaya: Chiquita in Latin America’
Honduran military overthrew the democratically elected government of Manuel Zelaya two weeks ago there might have been a sigh of relief in the corporate board rooms of Chiquita banana,” writes journalist Nikolas Kozloff. ‘Earlier this year the Cincinnati-based fruit company joined Dole in criticizing the government in Tegucigalpa which had raised the minimum wage by 60%.’ Kozloff goes on to trace Chiquita’s ‘long and sordid’ political history in Central America.

July 15, 2009: US Lobbyists with Clinton Ties Hired to Defend Honduran Coup Regime
US Lobbyists with Clinton Ties Hired to Defend Honduran Coup Regime
Supporters of the coup in Honduras have begun hiring advisers and lobbyists with close ties to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in an attempt to strengthen support in Washington for the coup.

July 10, 2009: Costa Rica Hosts Talks Over Honduras Coup
Talks between the ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya and the leaders of last week’s military coup began on Thursday in Costa Rica. Zelaya and the military-backed Roberto Micheletti met separately with Costa Rican President Oscar Arias but there were no face-to-face meetings between the two sides.

July 09, 2009: In Rare U.S. Broadcast, Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya Discusses Coup, Costa Rica Talks, U.S. Role and More
Talks between the ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya and the leaders of last week’s military coup begin today in Costa Rica. Shortly before leaving Washington DC for Costa Rica, Zelaya sat down with us for a rare U.S. television interview. He discusses how military coup forces forced him out, the upcoming talks in Costa Rica, his domestic policies in Honduras, the role of the United States and more.

July 06, 2009: Honduran Coup Regime Blocks Ousted President Zelaya’s Return; Troops Open Fire on Supporters at Airport Killing Two
One week after a military coup in Honduras, soldiers and riot police blocked the airport runway Sunday evening preventing ousted President Manuel Zelaya from returning to the country. Heavily armed Honduran soldiers also used tear gas and machine guns to disperse an unarmed crowd of tens of thousands of people who had come from all over the country, despite military blockades, to wait at the airport and welcome back their ousted President. At least two people were reportedly killed and more wounded.

July 02, 2009: Zelaya Vows to Return to Honduras Despite Threats of Arrest by Coup Leaders
The ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya has vowed to return to Honduras within the next few days in an attempt to reclaim power. Zelaya was forced out of office in a military coup d’etat on Sunday. He will reportedly return to Honduras accompanied by the OAS Secretary General, the presidents of Argentina and Ecuador, and the head of the UN General Assembly.

July 01, 2009: “Generals Who Led Honduras Military Coup Trained at the School of the Americas
Romeo Vasquez, a general who led the military coup in Honduras against President Manuel Zelaya, received training at the US School of the Americas. The SOA has trained more than 60,000 soldiers, many of whom have returned home and committed human rights abuses, torture, extrajudicial execution and massacres.

July 01, 2009: “What’s Behind the Honduras Coup? Tracing Zelaya’s Trajectory
We take a look at ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya with journalist Nikolas Kozloff, author of Revolution!: South America and the Rise of the New Left. Despite initial conservative leanings, Zelaya took on powerful vested interests in Honduras.

July 01, 2009: “Military Using ‘Brutal’ Force Against Anti-Coup Protests in Honduras
The ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya is expected to meet with US diplomats in Washington today before attempting to return to Honduras Thursday, five days after being deposed by a military coup. Meanwhile, the streets in Honduras remain tense, and the crackdown on the media has reportedly not been lifted.

June 29, 2009: Coup in Honduras: Military Ousts President Manuel Zelaya, Supporters Defy Curfew and Take to the Streets
In the first military coup in Central America in a quarter of a century, the Honduran military has ousted the democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya. Former Parliamentary speaker Roberto Micheletti, who was sworn in as Zelaya’s replacement on Sunday, has imposed a two-day nationwide curfew.

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