Thursday, 13 August 2009

The Honduras Coup Is a Sign: The Radical Tide Can be Turned

[If this were Burma or Iran the assault on democracy would be a global cause celebre. Instead, Obama is sitting on his hands.]

The Honduras Coup Is a Sign: The Radical Tide Can be Turned

August 13th 2009, by Seamus Milne - Comment Is Free (The Guardian)

If Honduras were in another part of the world – or if it were, say, Iran or Burma – the global reaction to its current plight would be very different. Right now, in the heart of what the United States traditionally regarded as its backyard, thousands of pro-democracy activists are risking their lives to reverse the coup that ousted the country's elected president. Six weeks after the left-leaning Manuel Zelaya was kidnapped at dawn from the presidential palace in Tegucigalpa and expelled over the border, strikes are closing schools and grounding flights as farmers and trade unionists march in defiance of masked soldiers and military roadblocks.

The coup-makers have reached for the classic South American takeover textbook. Demonstrators have been shot, more than a thousand people are reported arrested, television and radio stations have been closed down and trade unionists and political activists murdered. But although official international condemnation has been almost universal, including by the US government, barely a finger has been lifted outside Latin America to restore the elected Honduran leadership.

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