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.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
"The best Zelaya is a dead Zelaya"
If you need a refresher, follow the link above. Among other things, it lists former members, several of whom form an official part of the Micheletti administration. I'll simply mention Nelson Willy Mejia (Immigration), Napoleón Nassar Herrera (chief negotiator for Minister of Security) and Billy Ferando Joya Améndola (advisor to Micheletti on security). In the interest of fairness, I'll note that some of these also had lower level posts in the Zelaya government (Nassar was chief of National Police in the northern region; Billy Joya was an advisor to the Security Minister). But the prominence of multiple members of Batallion 3-16 has been viewed with alarm by human rights activists since the coup, and the participation of such hard-liners may have contributed to the rapid move to violent suppression of the resistance by the de facto regime.
So it comes as no surprise that suddenly, today, we learn of a new far right commando group in Honduras which revealed itself through fliers left at the site of its first public act. The group, calling itself the "Commando Central del Frente Armado Nacional General Alvarez Martinez" claimed responsibility for setting off a tear gas grenade in the facilities of TV Channel 36, Cholusat Sur, the only TV channel that supports the return of Manuel Zelaya. After the tear gas cleared, staff at the station found several fliers with a short manifesto.
"Because of the latest patriotic events (the overthrow of Zelaya last June 28) we have decided to form this armed anticommunist front to defend our country."
The flier went on to state that they would defend the country from "anyone who wants to reduce it to the totalitarianism of Zelaya, Chavez, or Castro".
"The best Zelaya is a dead Zelaya," they wrote.
Only the National Police and the military have access to tear gas grenades.
The obvious conclusion: this was an intimidation attempt from the Batallion 3-16 crowd, named after their fearless founder.