Honduras is experiencing the first coup in Central America since military officials forced President Jorge Serrano of Guatemala to resign in 1993, reported the Miami Herald.
Manuel Zelaya, who was ousted Sunday, insists that he is still the President of Honduras, reported the New York Times, though the Honduran Congress voted to replace him with Roberto Micheletti, the president of the Congress.
Al Giordano of The Atlantic said that language was no barrier to understanding the courage of the citizens of Honduras to denounce military service members to their faces.
Upon interviewing protestors and nationals the New York Times found a riff in the understanding of the citizens’ political sphere. Umberto Guebara, protesting the coup, said, “We’re defending our president,” while an elderly man was now unsure who his president was.
The Miami Herald reported that interim Honduran President Roberto Micheletti said he could not allow his government to cross into a socialist or communist form of authority, during a telephone conference, arranged by Honduran Unity, a Miami-based organization of Honduran activists who support Micheletti.
The coup was initiated when Zelaya proposed a poll, which was declared illegal by the Honduran Supreme Court, reported the Miami Herald, because the poll inquired if voters wanted an assembly to modify the country’s constitution. If accepted, the president would then be allowed to seek reelection. The Honduran constitution prohibits changes to be made to some of its clauses. One such clause is that of the reelection of the president.
American officials began talks with the Honduran government and military officials as the event intensified, reported the New York Times. The talks encased a discussion to enter a coup. These talks ended Sunday, a senior administration official said.
Honduras and the U.S. have had a lengthy and close association. A U.S. military task force unit stationed at a Honduran air base trains Honduran military forces in counternarcotics operations, disaster relief missions and search and rescue procedures, reported the New York Times.