Monday, September 28, 2009

interim government forced to respond to Zelaya's "calls for insurrection"

UPDATE 9/28/09 - 3PM: After meeting with Congressional officials, President Micheletti has announced that he's willing to consider revoking the executive decree restricting civil liberties so as to not interfere with the upcoming elections. He will consult with the Supreme Court, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, and his advisers.  He apologized to Hondurans for the harsh measure, reiterating that the government's intent is to maintain order and protect life and property, and that his hand was forced by Zelaya's calls for insurrection and disobedience of the authorities.

Honduras's interim leaders suspended key civil liberties last night in response to "calls for insurrection" by ousted president Manuel Zelaya, empowering police and soldiers to break up "unauthorised" public meetings, arrest people without warrants and restrict the news media.

The announcement came just hours after Zelaya called on supporters to stage mass marches today to mark the three-month anniversary of the 28 June coup that ousted him. Zelaya described the marches as "the final offensive" against the interim government.


The government announced the decree in a nationwide broadcast, saying it was "to guarantee peace and public order in the country and due to the calls for insurrection that Mr Zelaya has publicly made".


This is a dramatic step, but obviously necessary. The zelayistas have been looting and destroying private property during their so-called "peaceful" marches in Tegucigalpa.  Something had to be done to deal with these rent-a-thugs.

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