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The new illegitimate Honduran president, Roberto Micheletti, has implemented a curfew that will start at 9 pm tonight in an attempt to stop the street protests in support of the return of Zelaya and a democratic election on the referendum over a new constitution. Labor leaders have called for a general strike in response until demands are met. People are ignoring the orders to return to their homes and the streets are filled around the Presidential Palace.
* Honduras Indymedia (hosted by Chiapas Indymedia, http://chiapas.indymedia.org) is publishing frequent updates and audio interviews with members of the various movements in Honduras that are resisting the fascist coup. They need funds to pay their server costs for the month. If you want to help Hondurans that are risking their lives to get the word out about the reality on the ground, this is a great way to do it. The donation link is on the top of the homepage.
* Honduran organizations are calling for demonstrations at consulates and embassies worldwide. Here is a list of consulates in the US and the embassy in DC: http://www.traveldocs.com/hn/embassy.htm
* It is being reported that a Cesar Ham, a Honduran leftist politician was assasinated when military troops came to his home to arrest him (http://narcosphere.narconews.com/notebook/kristin-bricker/2009/06/honduran-military-reportedly-assassinated-leftist-presidential-cand). Kristin Bricker broke the story in the English media and is doing excellent up-to-the-minute reporting on her Narco News blog - http://narcosphere.narconews.com/notebook/kristin-bricker
* The new illegitimate president has implemented a curfew that will start at 9 pm tonight in an attempt to stop the street protests in support of the return of Zelaya and a democratic election on the referendum over a new constitution. Labor leaders have called for a general strike in response until demands are met (in Spanish, http://www.telesurtv.net/solotexto/nota/index.php?ckl=53047-NN). People are ignoring the orders to return to their homes and the streets are filled around the Presidential Palace.
* If you understand Spanish, Radio es de lo Menos is broadcasting live from Tegucigalpa (the capital of Honduras). They are possibly the only radio station on the air at the moment. Here is their website: http://www.radioeslodemenos.org
* TeleSur continues to broadcast live in Spanish non-stop about the coup. Here is the link: http://www.telesurtv.net/solotexto/index.php
Here is Kristin Bricker's latest dispatch:
Resistance and Repression in Honduras
June 28, 2009 at 6:55 pm
An unknown number of Hondurans have taken to the streets today in an effort to stop the coup that the military, in league with Congress and the Supreme Court, has carried out against democratically elected President Manuel "Mel" Zelaya.
Due to intermitant power outages and heavy rain, independent media within Honduras has had extreme difficulty transmitting news. This means that while there's been plenty of news in the mainstream media about the actions people with a lot of political power have been taking--from Chavez and the ALBA nations to the Organization of American States to the United States--there's been very little reported about what rank-and-file Hondurans have been doing to reverse the coup.
However, it is clear that Hondurans are resisting. People are taking the streets in Honduras despite incredibly hostile conditions created by the military. Radio Es Lo De Menos reports that their colleagues on the ground have been fired at by snipers who are positioned in rooftops around the city. They stress that the gunfire at this point has only been in the form of "warning shots" and no one has been reported injured from gunfire.
The Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) wrote in a communique,"We tell everyone that the Honduran people are carrying out large demonstrations, actions in their communities, in the municipalities; there are occupations of bridges, and a protest in front of the presidential residence, among others. From the lands of Lempira, Morazán and Visitación Padilla, we call on the Honduran people in general to demonstrate in defense of their rights and of real and direct democracy for the people, to the fascists we say that they will NOT silence us, that this cowardly act will turn back on them, with great force."
Radio Es Lo De Menos reported that the military has set up roadblocks all over the country in an attempt to prevent Zelaya supporters from reaching the capital. The soldiers are also reportedly attempting to shut down public transportation.
Photos from around the internet show that Hondurans are in the streets resisting.
Soldiers have been incredibly hostile to the media that is trying to report the story from the ground:
The Washington Post reports: "Soldiers try to prevent journalists from filming as they patrol the area around the presidential palace in Tegucigalpa, Sunday June 28, 2009. Soldiers arrested Honduras' President Manuel Zelaya and disarmed his security guards after surrounding his residence before dawn Sunday, his private secretary said. Protesters called it a coup and flocked to the presidential palace as local news media reported that Zelaya was sent into exile."
Union Leader Calls for National Strike in Honduras
Submitted June 28, 2009 - 7:19 pm by Kristin Bricker
Honduran labor leader Ángel Alvarado told TeleSUR that he has called a national strike for Monday in Honduras to protest the coup that has ousted President Manuel Zelaya.
Cell phone service seems to have intermittently returned to Honduras, allowing Alvarado to communicate with TeleSUR via phone from outside the Presidential Palace. Alvarado told TeleSUR that there's about 15,000 protesters gathered outside the Presidential Palace demanding Zelaya's return.
Meanwhile, Radio Es Lo De Menos is repeatedly pleading with the international community that protests be organized outside Honduran embassies around the world.
Coup President Declares 48-Hour Curfew
Submitted June 28, 2009 - 7:36 pm by Kristin Bricker
The man imposed on the Honduran people as interim president, Roberto Micheletti, has declared a 48-hour curfew in Honduras. Citizens will not be permitted to leave their homes between the hours of 9pm and 6am for the next two days.