People mobilize against Coup in Honduras
Salvador: Salvador- ean official Ana Cristina Aviles affirmed today
from Tegucigalpa the Honduran people took to the streets in protest for
the coup dA’etat against constitutional President Manuel Zelaya.
In telephone statements given to Prensa Latina in this capital,
Aviles highlighted the immediate popular mobilization to reject this
action by the military.
Front line witness to the events, the deputy head of the FMLN
fraction in the Central American parliament insiste don the strength of
that condemnation since the kidnapping of Zelaya in todayA’s early
The people defies the troops, set tires on fire before the
presidential house in Tegucigalpa, said the official.
Avil‚s arrived in Honduras to attend as observer the refer‚ndum
announced by the government to be held this Sunday about the possibility
to convoke a Constitutive National Assembly.
In this context, the FMLN deputy to that regional parliament informed
the army withdrew the ballot boxes in place for that poll. With many
questions yet to be put before Aviles, the telephone conversation was
cut suddenly and could not be reestablished.
The FLMN government of El Salvador came forward yesterday against the
destabilizing actions faced by the Zelaya administration.
“We want to express our solidarity with president Manuel Zelaya, his
government and his people, whose opini¢n should be respected,” indicated
the spokesperson of the government party Sigfredo Reyes.
According to extraofficial reports known by Prensa Latina in
Guatemala, the Salvadorean ambassador in Tegucigalpa will be put in
service of those people who feel persecuted by the eventual repression
of the coup perpetrators.
First Honduran Lady: Free the President
Xiomara Castro, wife of the Head of State of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya,
requested the military troops that kidnapped her husband Sunday to
liberate the President and to offer him guarantees for his life.
“This morning the voice of the Honduran people has been silenced,
with rifles and violence,” the First Lady stated, and said that the
people is presented in the streets to support Zelaya.
Military troops occupied the headquarters of the Presidency of
Honduras to stop Zelaya who was driven in a first moment to a military
air base in Tegucigalpa, his private secretary, Eduardo Enrique Reina
Zelaya confirms he is in Costa Rica
San Jose, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) President of Honduras Manuel Zelaya
confirmed he is in Costa Rica, as he was kidnapped by Honduran military
officers, who dragged him from his residence.
During a telephone contact with TELESUR, Zelaya made clear he
continues in his post, he did not request political asylum and intends
to attend a meeting of Central American presidents scheduled for
Managua, Nicaragua, to condemn the coup in his nation and demand the
restoration of constitutional order.
Zelaya called on the Honduran people, their social organizations and
unions to unite and fight peacefully for their rights, without violence,
through civil disobedience.
Honduras FM and Ambassadors kidnapped
Washington, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) Honduran Foreign Ministers and
ambassadors of Nicaragua, Cuba and Venezuela were kidnapped today by
masked men as part of the coup dA’etat in the Central American nation.
The ambassador of Venezuela to the Organization of American States
(OAS), Roy Chaderton Matos, denounced the above incident during the
emergency meeting held this Sunday in the regional organizationA’s
Persons kidnapped are being beaten by the military, denounced the
UN, Bolivia condemn coup
United Nations, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) UN General Assembly President,
Miguel Escoto, condemned today in a “clear, decisive and sharp” manner
the coup against the Honduran constitutional president Manuel Zelaya.
Escoto has summoned his crisis cabinet for an urgent meeting in his
office at the UN to evaluate the current situation in the Central
American nation, told Prensa Latina his official spokesperson, Enrique
“The situation is worrying because unfortunately in Latin America we
still recall the sound of sabres in the barracks,” according to
statements by DA’Escoto quoted by Yeves. Bolivian President Evo Morales
condemned on Sunday the kidnapped of his Honduran peer Manuel Zelaya by
“What is happening in Honduras due to the actions of military groups
only contributes to discredit Armed Forces in countries in Latin
America, which participate in their people’s decision, said Morales.
He added that the coup against the Honduran government is a venture
against democracy and popular will.
“I express my admiration and respect for Zelaya, whom I know very
well and whom I have shared many experiences with,” he stressed, and
urged the Honduran people to defend their president and express their
rejection of his kidnapping.
Chavez: CIA behind coup
Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez requested Sunday that US President
Barack Obama, to be pronounced against the military coup in Honduras,
which he considered is carried out with the participation of the Central
Intelligence Agency. (CIA)
In statements to television channel Telesur, Chavez stated that he
rejected the coup “right from its bone marrow” and asked the Honduran
military troops not to face the people that went out to the streets to
request the return of President Manuel Zelaya.
OAS calls urgent meeting
Washington, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) The Organization of American
States called an urgent meeting of its Permanent Council on Sunday to
discuss the coup d’ Etat in Honduras, where a group of military officers
kidnapped President Manuel Zelaya.
The meeting, convened by OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza,
is scheduled for 15:00 local time.
The military officers took Zelaya away for an air base in
Tegucigalpa, as denounced by presidential private secretary Enrique
Reina. “They took the president away for the air force. We are making
the international denounciation,” said Reina. He explained that the
military officers fired four shots and then left the house in three
vehicles bound for the air base.
The private residence of the president was surrounded by heavily
armed soldiers, as planes flew over the capital.
TV Channel 36, Channel 8, Maya TV and several radio stations have
been shut down.
Just seconds before TV broadcast was lost, the Channel 8 news
presenter requested the people to gather at La Libertad square to defend
Hondurans went out to the streets Sunday to demand the return of
President Manuel Zelaya, kidnapped at dawn by military troops, in a
moment of uncertainty because there is fear for the physical integrity
of the Honduran leader.
The news of the coup runs from one mouth to another, because the main
media, in favor of the oligarchy, silence the details of the kidnapping.
Officials, political leaders and workers said that up to the moment
the signal of the Honduran state Channel 8 of television was taken out
of the air to prevent that the people knows the truth.
However, the Hondurans are mobilized and numerous people went to the
Presidential House claiming to the Army for the liberation of Zelaya,
but social leaders, interviewed by TV network TELESUR, assured that the
military do not hear the popular demand.
Those mobilized call the soldiers traitors, in a confrontation
ascending of tone. Some of the trucks of the Army, surrounding the
presidential house, go back for moments because of citizens pressure
using stones to face the soldiers.
Houses and offices of the main leaders of the nation were taken by
the military, but Honduran Foreign Minister Patricia Rodas assured that
there would not be a step back in the fight for the rights of the
The kidnapping of Zelaya, Rodas noticed, is a crime against our
These incidents have as origin the decision of the oligarchical
groups of sabotaging the development of the popular consultation of this
Sunday, as a first step for the future convoking to a Constituent
National Assembly and to reform the Constitution for the sake of
defending the elementary rights of the Hondurans.