The little coup that could, in Honduras

November 13, 2009

Honduras seems trapped in the past. Radio stations play aging hits from Mexican crooner Jose Jose and cumbia dance numbers from the mid-’80s. Women’s fashions are out-of-date and guards nestling big rifles guard beauty salons and pharmacies as they have for decades.

Politics are also mired in the past in this deeply conservative country of 7 million people. While elsewhere in Latin America a new generation of leftists has taken power, putting business leaders on the defensive to some extent and to varying degrees, Honduras’ business elite flexed its muscles when a leftist prsident hinted he wanted to extend presidential term limits.

For four months Honduras has been led by a de facto leader, Roberto Micheletti, who took over after the army, Supreme Court and Congress together pulled a coup on elected President Manuel Zelaya, who was flown out of the country. Zelaya later sneaked back in to take asylum in the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa. Repeated attempts at a negotiated settlement between the two have dissolved into bickering.

Micheletti has shown staying power — even after he was isolated on the global stage.  That’s because he is backed by a secretive and relatively small group of business leaders that have long wielded political power in this Central American country, which is heavily dependent on foreign aid and on its biggest trade partner, the United States. The Honduran Documentation Center think tank has documented the control that a group of intermarried families has on the country’s banks, industries such as the maquiladora factories that make clothes to export to the U.S., coffee and banana and cattle production, and power generation. The book “The Powers that Be and the Political System,” by a group of researchers, argues that the business class has increased its influence over politics since Honduras returned to democracy 30 years after two decades of off-and-on military regimes. The book says each business group owns a media outlet that helps it maintain and transfer power from the “dinosaur” leaders to the next generations of “babysaurs.”

No wonder Micheletti looks a little smug as he thumbs his nose at the international community, declaring a “unity and reconciliation” government without Zelaya’s participation after they both signed a pact to name a joint cabinet. Zelaya is backed by organizations that say they want profound social change in Honduras but apparently not badly enough to invite further repression from the military and the police and sow chaos Bolivian style with huge marches and road blocks all over the country.

A pro-Zelaya television station and radio station provide blanket coverage of the so-called resistance movement — after being briefly silenced by the Micheletti government — but most TV channels assemble morning talk shows with experts and lawmakers who support Micheletti. It’s not really a surprise. Honduras has never thrown itself in with the region’s leftist movments. All three countries bordering on Honduras — Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador — had major leftist insurgencies that profoundly altered the political landscapes in those countries whether or not they eventually came to power. Honduras, meanwhile, became a base for the U.S. counter-insurgency, or Contra movement, against Nicaragua’s Sandinista government.

Photo captions and credits:

Micheletti speaks with Craig Kelly, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs in Tegucigalpa 11/11/2009. REUTERS/Henry Romero

A supporter of Zelaya shouts at a rally outside Congress in Tegucigalpa 12/11/2009. REUTERS/Henry Romero

Zelaya walks inside the Brazilian Embassy 6/11/2009. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

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Get your facts right Zelaya was removed from office by the proper institutions; Supreme Court and Congress. All of them held office while Zelaya was power.

Zelaya agreed to let Congress decide IF he would be reinstated. Maybe he should have taken reading comprehension lessons. His return, followed by his self incarceration in the Brazilan Embassy demostrated that Zelaya did not have a the support of the majority of Honduras.

Elections are the solution for democracy in Honduras. Vote i the Nov. 29 elections!!

Posted by Ebogran | Report as abusive

People like this shouldn’t be allowed to publish articles. Fiona, you don’t have a clue what happen in Honduras, please read our constitution and than you will understand. And also get a copy of the agreement, nowhere does it say that Zelaya has to be returned to power so the elections can go ahead, and there is no date established that congress should wether or not to have him back. Get the facts right!!.

Posted by FreeHonduras | Report as abusive

You have clearlly define our coutry, thanks, I still would preffer to be under the dominance of the RICH, than under the caous of a LEFT regime… Both sides are wrong, and no one is in the center, between them< the least damaging one. SALU

Posted by Luis Castro | Report as abusive

I used to think Reuters and Associated Press were on par. Even though this is an opinion article, Reuters’ news reports regarding Honduras are blatantly biased and lack a base understanding of the situation, especially when it comes to the Tegucialpa-San Jose Accords.

Posted by Hector | Report as abusive

Hondurans do not want a Chavez puppet controlling their country as a dictator. Zelaya and Chavez have very little support in Honduras. Compare the massive rallies against Zelaya while he was still in office to the puny ones supporting him after he was removed. If he had any real support, he would have been reinstated by now. When will Reuters report the truth — Hondurans do not want Mel back. Perhaps they will when the loser in this election has more votes than Zelaya did when he won!

Viva Honduras! Viva 15-0!

I am one American that is very very proud of the Honduran people. They have stood against the bullies of the world. I pray for them everyday. May God bless this small country with the large heart.

Posted by Gary | Report as abusive

Once again, you’ve gotten it exactly wrong. Zelaya was removed constitutionally and succeeded constitutionally by the next in line (of his own party!). A coup, by definition, leaves the military in control. This was never the case. Furthermore, your book “The Powers that Be and the Political System” is not found in any type of web search on Google or Amazon. Please provide a more clear reference to your source material (author, publisher) so that I can read it for myself. I’m very interested in the topic. As an expat, living in Honduras, I’m saddened by the lack of accuracy in the reporting of this by the American media.

Posted by Dave | Report as abusive

I couldn’t agree more with the first two posters. You don’t have your facts straight.

Whipping up a mob to seize impounded ballets from a military base is a little more than a “hint” that Zelaya wanted to change presidential term limits. Also, Michelleti was forced to comply with one of the only deadlines in the Accord, and that was to form the unity government by 5 Nov. Zelaya refused to submit his own delegates.

Further, Zelaya doesn’t have asylum in the Brazilian embassy because the Brazilian government has not offered it. Zelaya is merely a criminal who directs chaos and insurrection from the safety of the Brazilian embassy. Hondurans will continue to die because of this outrage.

People like President Micheletti and Vilma Morales on the Supreme Court are true patriots and heroes. They have stood up to the misguided international pressure for the sake of all Hondurans. Otherwise, it would just be a matter of time before the Marxist nationalize and seize private property on behalf of the “people” – just like Venezuela and Cuba.

Fiona, I believe that you really know the truth. Why don’t you report it?

Posted by David | Report as abusive

This article is so skewed…Most Hondurans don’t want Zelaya back! Why doesn’t the world understand that?

Posted by warrens | Report as abusive

I didn´t finished reading this article. It´s ridiculous.

How can this women have an executive position in a serious in an important news agency. As I read, she is news bureau chief for Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. Don´t write about Honduras,……….please.

Fiona, pleae write about what you know. Don´t be a puppet of the absurd. You don´t have an idea about Honduras and as I see, neither about the reality in Latin America with respecto to music. Maybe yur friends of the “resistencia” like this kind of music. Honduras is a multicultural country, n it´s people hear a vast variety of music generes. Included the one you cited.

I really don´t understand. Is this women working for the “populist” guys.

Fiona, please, don´t be boring!!! I repeat, write about what is your expertise.

Posted by Honduran Citizen | Report as abusive

Here is a link to the think tank I cited. The Spanish-language name is Centro de Documentación de Honduras. http://www.cedoh.org/

The book’s title, in Spanish, is “Honduras: Poderes Fácticos y Sistema Político”
http://www.cedoh.org/publicaciones/Libro s/Libros.html

The authors are Víctor Meza, Leticia Salomón, Ramón Romero, Manuel Torres and Jorge Illescas

Posted by Fiona Ortiz | Report as abusive

Please let me know if you have any information about those left in the embassy. Is Reuters still represented there? It seems that as days go forward toward the election there is less and less known about the final outcome of those remaining in the Brazillian embassy with Zelaya. My hope is for the best, but I am now fearing the worst…

Posted by Sonya | Report as abusive

Your statement that a coup transpired in the removal of ex-President Zelaya is very inaccurate. One would think that someone writing and submitting articles for Reuters would take the time to be more accurate than you were in your article. Zelaya was only removed after repeated violations of the Honduran constitution. In spite of being repeatedly warned by the nation’s prosecutor and its supreme court, he flagrantly continuing his actions.
Fiona accepts the statements of this book as Gospel truth, when they are the usual opinion spouted by Honduran socialists.
Reuters should demand more accuracy and objectivity from Fiona and other writers.

Posted by Dr. James Padgett | Report as abusive

Fantastic, beautiful! Congratulations to Honduras for ousting the turncoat leftist, Zelaya. Honduras like Chile with Allende, has shown all of Americas the way things should be done when your country is accosted by enslavement. Communism is a hideous and failed ideology that has been rejected around the world; only in backward Latin America would such a heinous and humiliating form of government be accepted. Not even because the Cuban people are fleeing across shark infested waters in inner tubes, do some people learn. How can anyone want to live under a humiliating political system like the 50 year old Castro dynasty or what Hugo Chavez is creating in Venezuela? Both these governments and their ALBA acolytes are an embarrassment to the Americas? The stupidity of some people is astounding, truly amazing! No to all foreign intervention. Surrender your country, not mine!

I find it hard to consider what happened in Honduras to be a coup.

The former President Zelaya attempted to hold an illegal and unconstitutional referendum to change the constitution to allow remove the current term limits thus allowing him to stay in power as long as he chooses (much like Hugo Chavez).

This was against the law and against the constitution. The courts declared it so. The Supreme Court and the Congress of Honduras said it was so. The Supreme Court ordered the illegal ballots confiscated. Zelaya then rallied a mob to break into an army base and recover them.

He declared he was holding this illegal referendum anyway. A vote without any election board oversight. He and his followers could put anything they wanted to on the ballots. They could write yes to his changes on all the ballots without anyone who really didn’t want his changes to pass to even get a legitimate vote in an illegal referendum he was running for himself. This would have been the equivalent of President Bush having a Republican convention declare him President for Life without term limits. Clearly not constitutional.

The Supreme Court of the nation ordered Zelaya arrested and removed from power and issued arrest warrants ordering the military to do so.

Congress voted unanimously to select a replacement according to the constitution to replace him.

So this was ordered by the Supreme Court, backed up by unanimous vote of the congress controlled by Zelaya’s own party.

How is it a coup again? The only law I saw broken here is the military’s failure to imprison Zelaya as ordered by the Supreme Court. Instead, if anything, allowing Zelaya to have his freedom as opposed to imprisoning him for attempting his own coup through illegal ballot was giving him far more than he deserved.

I say he should quit hiding like a fugitive criminal in the Brazilian Embassy and face his justice and prison term under the law as any other citizen would be expected to.

He should be grateful that they didn’t imprison him and try him on criminal charges in the first place as should have been done. What Zelaya is doing now is tantamount to treason for endangering the citizens of the nation and provoking violence in the streets resulting in deaths and harm to the national economy.

Posted by Glenn | Report as abusive

Dear “readers”,

I don’t take parts, but I can only underline that the way the agreement was written (and signed) led way to being misunderstood and allowed Micheletti to name his choice of 10 members before Zelaya even knew if Congress would reinstate him. This is acutally misleading and proves Michellti want to postpone any return to after elections. Is it true there are not many that back Zelaya? Who cares….Is it true that the consitution is in favor of him being removed? Yes, but not the way it was done; therefore the right to return, better yet never forced out is proper. Let him back in. Let Zelaya finish his term. Let the elections go smoothly. In any case Zelaya, after the 11/29 election will not much saying in anything that goes on, but at least Honduras will have back International support & aid. THESE ARE THE THINGS THAT HONDIRAS NEEDS MOST. The rest is just politics, dirty which ever side to vote for!!!
From a US observer with friends in Honduras.

Posted by Roland Bolis | Report as abusive

the only reason that all the above support the coup its because two things
1. they are part of the coup
2. they are so ignorant that they don’t know that this constitution has been violated so many times that even we had a president from another country
so get your facts right and don’t pretend to be smarter just because u speak english.

Posted by ramon | Report as abusive

Your report is biased against the truth, as most of the Honduran news published by Reuters. I recommend you quit your job there and find a news source that doesn’t twist the news to suit their prejudices.

I live in Central America and from what I can see, the posters who call this article wrong are not in the majority. There have been large protests and resistance movements, and many many people want Zelaya back. Perhaps it is telling that the only Honduran people who will post here are those who can read and write in English and who have internet access and knowledge of international news sources such as reuters- i.e. NOT THE MAJORITY OF HONDURANS. I think its a good article that is actually quite accurate.

Posted by emma | Report as abusive

Fiona, this is a great article – thanks for the links to the study on who controls the Honduran economy.

Also, I consistently find the same trolls spouting the same BS about Honduras on every news article that is at all sympathetic to Zelaya. I’m willing to bet many of the original commenters are the same person. Further you have people like James Padgett who troll but then can’t respond when they’re called out on their flawed perspective. James, I’m still waiting for your response to the questions I raised on the Common Dreams article.

The arguments these people make are so laughably rooted in outdated ideological thinking and propaganda that it’s difficult to have a serious debate with them. I’m seriously starting to think that these people are part of the PR efforts of the de facto government. If thats the case, they’re not doing a very good job.

I will refer readers to two polls done in Honduras; it’s evident from the results that the “Hondurans” above have no idea what they’re talking about:

http://www.narconews.com/docs/encuesta_h onduras_agosto_2009.pdf

http://www.gqrr.com/index.php?ID=2399

Posted by Robert Eletto | Report as abusive

Look if you are claiming to tell the truth, I guess you need to first find the definition.
Thanks for taking our pride and stomping on it. I am here in Honduras reading over the internet your series of lies!!!
Honduras, is an example and COMMUNIST LIKE YOU SHOULD STAY OUT OF IT!!!! You don’t know anything, where did you get your information from CHAVEZ OR CASTRO. The two greatest examples of democracy!!!

It’s refreshing to see some non-biased reporting on the mess in the Honduras. The oligarchy there is apparently afraid of true government by the people. They’re living in the colonial past. Apparently they think that the Honduran workers should be treated like donkeys. Their days in power are numbered. The only politicians who will succeed in the future are those who wish to serve the people = as in government by and for the people, vs. by and for the insanely greedy ruling elite.

Posted by John ONeill | Report as abusive

Ms Fiona:

Your article is biased and out of reality. Honduras Senate, Honduras Supreme Court and Honduras Army, do not like Mr. Zelaya because his ties with communist leaders like Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez.

Honduras doesn’t want to be another slaved country like Cuba and Venezuela. That’s why they constitutionally fired the president.

I hope readers don’t get mislead by this article.

Posted by Gabello | Report as abusive

How can this be a coup?

Zeyala doesn’t have the support of the military, or the Supreme Court, or the Government, or the Congress, or the business sector.

A coup, by definition, is when a small group surgically removes the leadership from power and gains power for themselves.

In this case the entire legal, civil and political system of Honduras has decided to collectively throw Zelaya out on his ass.

In fact, the only reason things are bad in Honduras now is because of Zeyala’s thuggish voters, the pressure of leftist neighbours who won’t accept what happened, and the direct interference of Brazil.

All Micheletti needs to do is keep on course, hold elections and invite UN inspectors to watch the vote. After that, regardless of who wins the election, those pressuring Honduras will just look foolish and spiteful.

Posted by Anon | Report as abusive

OK, I am not from Honduras. But I was there once 3 years ago on a Church mission. I also was in Costa Rica about 6 years ago. I can say without reservation that Honduras is a complete dump. I am a doctor in the US and many of my patients are from families that had to flee this dump because of a complete lack of opportunities. These families are the ones that are keeping that dump afloat with hard earned remittances, despite these “enlightened elites”. The Hondurans in the US I know are smart, hard working (and risked their lives to cross borders). But under the able hands to the governing “enlightened elites” (I would but both Micheletti and Zavala in that camp, both seem to have no clue on the meaning of the word democracy), this country remains a complete, utter dump. What these “enlightened elites” do not seem to understand, is that by making democracy a mockery to fit their selfish interests, they are actually weakening the concept of democracy world wide. There are people that actually risked and gave their lives for this my family in WW2 and Cold War, friends in Vietnam, etc..). So those “enlightened elites” should listen a bit more to what the outside world is saying. It’s not all about them. Its not all about how to safeguard their petty luxuries and desires, no matter what their “enlightened” Cardinal says. So this is my question to those that have posted on this site, obviously part of these “enlightened elites”. What is your plan to make this dump a bit less of a dump and a bit more like Costa Rica? How about respecting the notion of democracy for a change (question to both the left and the right)?

Most Hondurans hanging out on English-language internet sites don’t want Zelaya. But polls (Gallup, COIMER&OP, Greenberg) have consistently shown that a plurality of the actual population oppose the coup, and Zelaya has more support than Micheletti. As for the argument of “the Supreme Court supported the coup, therefore it was constitutional”, please give it up. The military deported the president in his pyjamas, with no due process, while they cut off power to opposition media. Then the congress, in an extraordinary session where some (small) parties were locked out, read a forged letter of resignation and voted to replace him. Civil rights were then suspended. And that’s not a coup if you have the signature of the supreme court judge appointed to the case?

Posted by homunq | Report as abusive

How can this be a coup, if the Supreme Court, Congress and Army were acting with the constitution of Honduras?? It looks like the so-called interim government acted with the law of the land.

I call that democracy.

Posted by Ray Honeycutt | Report as abusive

you lefties and your BS. go write about your own damn country. i am sure as hell you aren’t Honduran.

Posted by max | Report as abusive

Chavez threatens to invade Honduras and Columbia. Ortega commits election fraud then holds an illegal supreme court meeting to allow himself to run again. Why aren’t Venezuela and Nicaragua being sanctioned and kicked out of the OAS?

Compare this to Honduras where the supreme court removed Zelaya in a 15-0 ruling. The legality is supported by independent, nonpartisan studies by the Law Library of Congress and an independent UN consultant. Zelaya has no independent and nonpartisan reports supporting his actions. The real coup is in Nicaragua – a fact Chavistas like to ignore.

Viva Honduras! Viva 15-0!

There are dynasties that rule from the underground.
Wealthy landowners.

Zeyala has turned a corner because he has scruples. His father was a right winger but Mel is progressive.

Democracy is important to wage human rights.

To the right wing, democracy is the danger, for it would drain consolidated power and equalize society. A fair playing field is not what the old oligarchs tolerate .

Posted by Toast | Report as abusive

Honduras has a long history of being the first: first in poverty, child mortality, illiteracy, and US control.

When I lived there it was a sad but beautiful view into the 19th century. The people were fantastic, and victims of outside power that made the common life a misery in paradise. If you were not in Tegucegalpa, you were not likely to be very political or in the know.

In the boonies, news was a dribble of items that affected lives only if someone started a war, or if a political appointee took revenge. Daily life meant looking for work and keeping it and existing. Merchants did well where others had to take crumbs. lots of people were working on their orphaned own before ten.

My first exposure to a con man, except for preachers, was a character who knew and connected people in need to people in power. Fernando Berlios was a well educated Honduran W. C. Fields.

If Americans think we are superior to the intermarried political and bigoted business there, they are not seeing what corporate predation has done in the US.

Honduras has been our client to its own sorrow. When we bailed out Wall Street, we bailed out the rich in Honduras because the oligarchy transfered most of the country’s wealth to Wall Street investments.

We train coup leaders in their military in our School of the Americas, now renamed to protect the innocent.

We are the main cause of dictatorship and poverty in Honduras by subsidizing the 2% in Honduras. And we can’t afford single payer here?

We have an ethical obligation not to further darkness in paradise.

We need to support Zolaya.

BOBBY

Posted by BOBBY | Report as abusive

a curse upon Micheletti and the dinosaurs. a curse upon their overthrow of democracy. they will pay for their treason and treachery somehow. micheletti may be smug today but i’ve lived long enough to see many dictators go down. and go down hard they did.

viva libertad

Posted by michaelj72 | Report as abusive

The Micheletti interim government is not de-facto, it is de-jure, as per the Supreme Court, which Zelaya was deliberately in defiance of. In addition, there was no coup–little or otherwise–in Honduras. The army simply executed the will of the Supreme Court, in lieu of no alternative remedy.

i visited honduras shortly after i left school and before going to uni in the late 90′s. guys with assault rifles always guard macdonalds and getting into a bank required running a gauntlet of security doors and multiple guys with shotguns and machineguns! despite its problems it’s awesome country that i’m glad to see has thus far managed to dodge an el-presidente for life.

lets see: this is the death of democracy or something right? really? denying an aspiring chavez-esque dictator-of-the-people-for-life is a bad thing for democracy? haha.

you lefties are so crooked you can’t ask for water when your thirsty! to use another quote from the ‘lion in winter’: we could tangle spiders in the webs you weave! lets bash big business (who employ millions who would otherwise be destitute (in, umm every country i’d like to add), and more easily whipped up into a rabble to hunt down them rich sobs no doubt) and describe an aspiring socialist dictator as ‘progressive’. lolzor! that makes a lot of sense.

tbh socialism as an ideology has the highest body count across the last couple of centuries beating even the fascists. socialism exploits misery and discontent to its own ends, not as it claims the betterment of ‘the people’. it masquerades as the opposite of what it is and always has done. good to see hondurans aren’t as stupid as we in the west still are even after all these years ;)

to my mind this was a very biased and unenlightening report that was toeing the ‘ostracize the interim govt and big-up the socialist dictator wannabe’ line that has been a motif in a lot of ‘news’ articles in left of centre organisations. i expect less obvious prejudice from an organisation like reuters.

Posted by chris | Report as abusive

Whether this was a coup or not is not a left/right issue. In a democracy, the military and the Supreme Court cannot just decide to spirit the President out of the country because they so decide. They cannot impose their own government by selectively allowing only certain members of Congress to vote in a new President. They cannot ban media outlets that fail to share their views. They cannot arbitrarily arrest, rape and torture people with whom they disagree.

They cannot do any of the above without being unmasked as the coup mongers they truly are. For people on the right (like me), who have forgotten their own democratic roots in this affair, shame on you. This should not be a question of left/right, but a question of fundamental values. And for any Americans out there supporting this coup, you are betraying the spirit of our democratic country.

If I was a dictator(lucky for you I am not), I would forcibly send you to Honduras never to return.

Conrad, agree with you 100% (sorry for calling Honduras bad things before, out of frustration). For the one on the right that said: “.. big business (who employ millions who would otherwise be destitute)” The ones that are keeping this country afloat are those in the Diaspora that had to flee, due to a total lack of opportunities (according to 2007 figures, $2.5bn of remittances were sent; 25% of GDP; http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7292 216.stm). According to UNICEF, Honduras is ranked 99th in the world for mortality in children under the age 5. There is a strong correlation between economic opportunity and childhood death. I understand that Cardinal Rodriguez wants to maintain this status quo to keep his “poverty” industry going. I am sure it’s a good business for Honduras’ charities (e.g. those that run them) and the airlines. For the ones on the left, do you really think Sandinistas and Chavistas are models of opportunity and enlightenment? Have you ever lived for an extended time in Cuba or other similar workers paradise with zero democracy? If not, please keep your Anglo-American/West European pseudo intellectual sensibilities to your selves. It’s been only 20 years since Berlin fell and people already have forgotten. Costa Rica is a local model of democracy that works. The point is to be able to elect once a left of center and once a right of center government without killing one an other, or trying to ram trough a bogus referendum to prolong one’s power or sending elected leaders packing in pajamas (is either one of these actions written in the Honduras constitution?).

Those that are wanting Zelaya back need to ask why, so they can make Honduras even worse off like their neighbours Nicaragua and Guatemala, who are even more destitute, more corrupt, and less free with their socialist governments. Venezuela is also more corrupt than Honduras- see a trend here!

Posted by bob | Report as abusive

Somewhat informative but oddly breezy in tone, as if the international desk had to farm it out to the travel desk. Reuters figures that people get angry and confused by factual density but enjoy a bit of literary snark?

Posted by C. Brayton | Report as abusive

As an ammature literary snarker, I am complimented along with Fiona Ortiz, who seems to have literary backup.

It is a secret to all, but the Honduran elite and wide roaming cold war letter-packers, that a select few institutions have controled US interests there for over a century.

The American public has paid the military, political and commercial subsidy over this period, and most recently in the coup and even in the Wall Street bailout. Cold warriers citing Ayllene could have cited Sandino in Nicaragua, or the Guatemalan overthrow we blessed upon them in ’54. Honduras is called a Banana Republic because it was ruled partly by American plantations for that century.

I believe that Zelaya was removed because he supported a minimum wage. Fairness. There is no constitution in the free world which will stipulate midnight ousters, or Supreme Court Florida election votes, except as rewritten by corporate and military force.

Zelaya was elected, overthrown, and is no more a communist than Harry Truman.

BOBBY aka BOBBY99

Posted by BOBBY99 | Report as abusive

Why do people have to be so greedy ;[. Zelaya just wants for his country to prosper. Rich people around the world that control third-world nations need so good beating.

Posted by Thorfinn | Report as abusive