Hypocrisy at The Heart of Honduran Coup

Telesur, translated by Kristin Bricker: In 1985, [coup leader Roberto Micheletti] tried to turn the Honduran National Congress into a National Constitutional Assembly in order to reform the same Magna Carta that the coup leaders are now defending as their transcendental symbol during the current political crisis.

Members of Congress and politicians accuse Manuel Zelaya of trying to extend his term and change the Honduran Constitution, but what he tried to do was hold a non-binding opinion poll. Micheletti, on the other hand, did want to [extend the president’s term and change the Constitution] 24 years ago.

Zelaya’s proposal is far from what happened in 1985 when then-congressman Roberto Micheletti (who has been a member of Congress for 28 years) called a Constitutional Assembly to extend the mandate of the president of that era, Roberto Suazo Córdoba.

It’s worth noting that 24 years ago the effects of the low-intensity war were still being felt, as well as the so-called “Contra” scandal and US President Ronald Reagan’s security doctrine. At that time Honduras was still considered to be the United States’ base of operations in Central America.

Original in Spanish can be viewed here.