Responses to the Coup d'etat in Honduras on Sunday June 28, with special emphasis on producing English-language versions of commentaries by Honduran scholars and editorial writers and addressing the confusion encouraged by lack of basic knowledge about Honduras.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Micheletti tricks OAS again: no visit just propaganda
The choice of words cannot be an accident. Intransigence is the word used repeatedly to describe Micheletti's refusal to accept the non-negotiable return of President Zelaya.
It always seemed mysterious that Micheletti agreed to a visit. Requesting one was one thing; it was part of a strategy to delay and delay.
Micheletti used this as a way to show commabd. He demanded that no foreign minister of an ALBA country be included.
Now Micheletti is demanding the removal of the head of OAS. He gets to bar access to Honduras while still claiming a propaganda victory in the country.
How so? The mere visit was trumpeted in pro-coup press as a form of validation. Not just the overt " now they will see how peaceful things are" (despite road closings continuing and 20,000 Lenca rejecting an attempt by Micheletti to 'open' a bridge built by the Zelaya government-- not to mention strikes by the teachers union, meteorologists, electrical company, health care, and many others numbering tens of thousands of workers).
More than that, Micheletti is functioning as if he were a legitimate head of state. First Arias, now OAS let him be seen as the "President" and in the process allow themselves to be used as props.
As skeptical Honduran colleagues note, treating Micheletti as a valid agent simply reinforces him. In Honduras, his control over most media means he spins things as he wishes and meanwhile plays out the clock.