Monday, August 24, 2009

Supporters of Removal of Zelaya

Supporters of the interim government showed up in thousands today to show the OAS we have a voice and we don´t want Zelaya back. Hmm...I wonder what they were thinking when they saw all of these folks? Surely they can´t convince themselves they are the elite...especially when you look at these guys
Justice cannot be seen but it can be heard.
97 days until election day is here..November 29, 2009.

Why is Baltazar in Honduras?

I have to ask why the Spanaird Baltazar in Honduras? There are no Pinochet´s here.  No Spanish citizens have been murdered for political motive.  One Spanaird was killed in a kidnapping for ransom a few weeks ago. Angel Garcia Rubio was sent back to Spain on August 17.  His wife is Kenia Moreno. This murder though was a result of the many kidnappings for ransom that have occurred over the years in Honduras and not because of the political crisis. A security guard has been arrested and accused of his murder.

So again why is he here? We don´t need him to lecture us on human rights.  He clearly isn´t interested in the individual rights of both sides and has received someone who was already discredited by the OAS with his hundreds of political murders, genocide and disappearances.  None of which was true...as hard as the OAS tried they could only even vaguely perhaps tie 4 to the situation.  They can´t even blame the authorities without a doubt. The best they could do is ´possible´.  They also only could find that two people were missing one was last seen in a protest but they don´t know where she is or who may have taken her. Another person was kidnapped from their home, but none have said by whom or if there is a ransom for this person.

We can look back at the murders of polititians over the past few years in Honduras as well as reporters...and there have been several. I think that the OAS and Baltazar as well as others in international communities need to take a closer look at previous history before they quickly point the finger at the government or military.

November 2008 I was shocked and saddened when our congressman and the vice president of Congress was murdered in Cabañas in a murder for hire. He was traveling to a medical brigade that was in town to assist and was robbed of his life at a very young age. Mario Hernandez murdered along with Marco Antonio Collier during the primary campaigns. He was in the campaign related to Roberto Micheletti. Which brings into question if he was murdered for his politics by Zelaya. He was just 42 years old and had a promising political career ahead of him.

Again in the same month another candidate to the mayor in Morazan, Yoro was also assasinated. Julio César Padilla.

Danilo Castro also candidate to vice mayor in Lima was assasinated during the month of November and Hector Arita who was traveling with him was hurt badly in the shooting.

The speaker for the DNIC was also assasinated Jesús Edgardo Gallegos was just 27 when he was murdered in September 2008. He was murdered on New Orleans Avenue in San Pedro Sula.

Bernardo Paz, reporter, remains were found in July 2009.  He had been kidnapped in March and was murdered evidently shortly after his kidnapping.

Andres Torres, reporter,  was kidnapped also in March and was released alive in June after his family paid the ransom.

These are clearly not the only murders that could have a political aspect during the period that Zelaya was in office, but they are some of the most recent in my memory. The disinformation and the lack of investigation is more than one can almost deal with. It makes you want to scream what the hell is wrong with you when you watch the television and realize that the people who are judging you are so out of touch with what goes on in Honduras that they do not even have any business or authority in determining what is or isn´t going on in Honduras.

The OAS has Arrived in Honduras

The Organization of American States has arrived.  I do not believe they will be able to help us resolve this crisis.  However, I was pleased that Panama was included in the group of OAS members that are coming to listen to Honduras and different sectors of society. 
The OAS was met with several taxi drivers that had lined up to say ´thank you for coming to listen to us´
They are coming to meet with several factions of society including church leaders from both Catholic and Evangelical churches. They are going to listen to many different people and the government.  I only wish this had been their posture two months ago and I feel like there would have been a resolution long ago. 
The only thing disappointing is they also have included members from ALBA and this is not an impartial group.
However, CODEH had complained of more than 100 deaths and thousands of political prisoners and when the human rights delegation came they found that was just not true so perhaps a different attitude will be carried by OAS today.

Blood Baths and Real Problems

In the past two months much attention has been on Honduras and the ´crisis´we are living.  Yes, it is a political crisis.  However, the police and military have acted remarkably restrained for what is normal in Honduras. It is difficult to explain to people who live in countries where violence is not a common part of life what I mean by this.  The use of excessive force as one analyst said is subjective to the eye of the beholder and different for people who were present and those who saw it after the fact.
There is a blood bath daily in Honduras, just not at the hands of military or police. The blood bath is from the violence that siezes this country each and every day. When the delegation observed that there were not sufficient judicial resources I was surprised she didn´t also note that there are not sufficient investigative police in Honduras either to resolve cases with efficiency without mention of the tremendous corruption that has for many decades held this country hostage.  We are trying desperately to come out of this and instead of a hand we are getting a slap in the face.
During  the past 24 hours the following murders happened that were not related to the police.

Puerto Cortés: Father and son were murdered in an ambush by unknown individuals that murdered them shooting them over 30 times. Evidence of the use of AK 47 and 9 mm were in the crime scene. The father is a rancher in the area and the son was a law student at UNAH-vs. Porfirio Jesús Gutiérrez Mendoza, 59, and Erick Omar Gutiérrez, 38

In the past month 6 people have been murdered over soccer. Bryan Nuñez Quiroz, 17 became number 6 this weekend.

Security Guard, Juan Ramon Rivas, 30 is shot 20 times he had been fired by his employer earlier and accused of theft. He was on his way home after being fired when he was shot and killed.

Jorge Alberto Avila Gomez, 43 was shot and killed as he came out of a pool hall at 6:30 pm. He argued for a short time with his killers and they shot and killed him

Carlos Samuel Nuñez 40, commercial transportation owner and liberal activist was murdered the murder was determined to not be related to politics for the moment. This strikes particulary close to me since we are allso commercial transportation owners and there has been 4 murders this year in this profession as well as one kidnapping for ransom of two children of a friend of ours of Transportes Hispanos.

Candido Garcia Mendoza 34, was shot and killed by unknown individuals.

Rigoberto Lopez Rodriguez 21, security guard was murdered by unknown individuals and became one of many murders of security guards in recent months at a national level.

Sergio Daniel Alvarado Pacheco 21 was shot in the head when he travelled to the supermarket to buy his weekly groceries.

José René Peraza Melgar 41, taxi driver was shot and killed while working.

An unknown individual of about 30-35 years of age was stabbed to death.

So this is what they probably should be concentrating on.  Especially since Zelaya promised to release his thugs to murder civilians for no reason whatsoever.