Updated with more information about Alexy Lanza.
The Honduran Community of St. Louis, MO is planning a Freedom Protest on Tuesday September 22nd. Here is the information on the gathering per Gateway Pundit,
Followers of Peace and Democracy
Join us Tuesday September 22nd at 6pm to demonstrate against the Obama Administration’s Honduran policies and show the world our solidarity with the legitimate Honduran government.
Here are a few of the items we will discuss:
• We want the Honduran government to be recognized by the United States.
• We don’t want Honduras to become another Hugo Chavez Puppet Regime.
• Honduras wants peace and democracy.
• Honduras does not want to become another Marxist state.
• Honduras is defending their constitution and it’s not fair to be alianated.
Participants are asked to Bring Honduran and American Flags.
If you want to support Honduras but you don’t live in St. Louis, wear an arm band of white and navy blue ribbon to work or school tomorrow. When your colleagues and friends ask why, explain what happened in Honduras and what the US President, Chavez and Co. are trying to do to the country.
Five Stars on a field of white between two bars of navy blue-- this is the flag of Honduras. In its colors and simplicity, it is reminiscent of the Israeli flag and, like Israel, Honduras finds itself faced with implacable pressure from the U.S. Department of State.
Many of us who have watched President Obama link arms with Hugo Chavez, Evo Morales, and Fidel Castro with the aim of bullying the people of Honduras are probably aware that last week, on September 15, this Central American country marked it’s 188th year of independence from Spain. Obama chose to formalize the cutting of all non-humanitarian aid to Honduras, over the ouster of President Manuel Zelaya, just days before the Honduran observance of their Independence Day, an example of either cluelessness or a new spiteful brand of diplomacy.
It appears, however that the Honduras government is not close to breaking. Greta Van Susteren on Fox News recently interviewed the Interim President, Roberto Micheletti. In the interview, he explains that the efforts of the interim government to send a delegation to talk to US Officials in Washington have run into a “wall”. The President who will talk to and embrace our enemies and adversaries without preconditions will not talk to our friends.
GretaWire also has an interview with an American who has lived and worked in Honduras for about 7 years. He explains the lead up to the events of June 28 and why he supports the Micheletti government.
Redstate has an excellent article and commentary by E Pluribus Unum on the efforts of Hondurans to avoid being “Venezuelacated” (my term). He notes that Honduras-born, Harvard law graduate and former Assistant Solicitor General Miguel Estrada confirms that the Honduran constitution Articles on Presidential term limits cannot be amended. An English translation of the Honduras Constitution is here. See articles 4, 5, 42, 239, 272, 373, 374.
One of the puzzles about the US response to the events of June 28 is that Obama took almost immediate steps to align himself with Manuel Zelaya and the Chavez contingent of Central and South American countries. It was a little like Gates-gate: I don’t know know all the facts, but I’m pretty sure this was a military coup. (And don't bother me with facts like the Honduran Constitution - I hardly pay attention to ours!)
Maybe, just maybe, part of the answer lies, once again, in the ties President Obama has to the Chicago community organizers/activists. It certainly would not be the first time his Chicago ties have influenced his policy. (See the now-defunct relationship between the U.S. Census and ACORN; Obama's choice of advisors such as Valerie Jarrett and Rahm Emanuel; and his closer than close ties with Big Labor here, here, and here for a sampling.)
At the very least, there are ideological ties, and when we have an obvious radical and ideologically driven President, we must study the information available. To see the bigger picture, you have to step back into the history of Honduras which reveals that there are scores of labor and campesino (peasant) organizations in the country. The primary aims of the campesino groups have been agrarian land reform and included occupation of land “not being used”. One of the primary campesino umbrella groups has been the CNTC campesino organization (Central Nacional de Trabajadores Campesinos) which has affiliates in 14 of the 18 Honduras provinces. CNTC has ties to FUTH, a labor union federation described as “marxist” by the Library of Congress.
According to the Library of Congress, FUTH, with an estimated 16,000 members in the early 1990s, was first organized in 1980 by three communist-influenced unions, but did not receive legal status until 1988. The federation had external ties with the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), the Congreso Permanente de Unidad Sindical de Trabajadores de América Latina--CPUSTAL, and the Comité de Unidad Sindical de Centroamérica--CUSCA. Its affiliations included water utility, university, electricity company, brewery, and teacher unions, as well as several peasant organizations, including the National Central of Farm Workers (Central Nacional de Trabajadores del Campo--CNTC), formed in 1985 and active in land occupations in the early 1980's.
In about 1990, a young Honduran, Alexy Lanza, immigrated to Chicago. He started an organization, Comité en Solidaridad con los Damnificados en Centroamérica, founded shortly after Hurricane Mitch hit Central America in November of 1998. The CSDCA was organized to raise funds and collect aid for organizations and communities in Honduras that were not receiving adequate help from governmental and international aid organizations. La Voz De Los De Abajo grew out of the CSDCA.
On July 11, Alexy Lanza was interviewed by Labor Express Radio in Chicago in which he discussed the “Coup”. Zelaya’s…”more recent embrace of moderate social reform and a left turn in politics sweeping Latin America in the past decade, has won him the support of his country’s peasant organizations and labor unions and the wrath of the oligarchy” Alexy Lanza went to Honduras to report on the “resistance” called for by Zelaya. He interviewed several CNTC province directors on pro-Zelaya events.
On August 11th, La Voz de los de Abajo and other activists in Chicago joined in the International Day of Action Against the Coup with a letter writing, emailing campaign to demand from President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Illinois congressional delegation that the US stop its de facto support for the de facto government of golpista Roberto Micheletti. More than 100 letters were sent to President Obama (some paper copy and some electronic); and email messages to Clinton and the Congressional delegation.
After actually reading the relevant parts of the Honduran Constitution, there is no doubt whatsoever that the Honduran Supreme Court and Legislature acted in accordance with their Constitution. This was not an "illegal military coup" Mr. Obama. How dare you take the side of dictators, thugs, Marxists, and other supremely anti-liberty and anti-freedom leaders in the world to oppose a legal and constitutional act taken by the Honduran government. Once again, it appears that President Obama’s administration’s policy is being guided by his proclivity to go with Chicago Community Organizers and Marxists over finding out actual facts on the ground and allowing any country, including the U.S., to follow their Constitutions.
(In case you are like Obama and have forgotten about the truly illegal military coup that Hugo Chavez perpetrated in Venezuela, go here and here for more information about his unsuccessful coup. More on Chavez soon.)