September 21, 2009
Call or write your Senators and Representative saying no to human rights violations by the coup regime!
[This message comes to you from the Alliance for Global Justice and its member projects, the Nicaragua Network, the Campaign for Labor Rights, the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign, and the Respect for Democracy Campaign.]
Today, Sept. 21, 2009, Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, ousted in a military coup on June 28, completed a cross-country odyssey from Nicaragua to Honduras, arriving at the Embassy of Brazil in Tegucigalpa. Thousands of people had gathered at the Mission of the United Nations in that city, believing that Zelaya was there. However, Xiomara Castro de Zelaya, Manuel Zelaya’s wife, told an international news agency that her husband was at the Brazilian Embassy (this announcement was confirmed by President Lula da Silva of Brazil) and the jubilant crowds began to make their way the short distance to that locale. However, the Honduran police lost no time in coming out to try to block their way.
Coup President Roberto Micheletti said that it is false that Zelaya is in Honduras and if he is he will be captured and brought to justice.
Zelaya gave a brief press conference from the Brazilian Embassy thanking all the negotiators who had worked for his return and calling for dialogue leading to a return to democracy. Jose Miguel Insulza, the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) will be arriving in Honduras tomorrow in his support. Citizens from all over Honduras are organizing to make their way to Tegucigalpa to support Zelaya’s return to the presidency.
Our fear is that the coup authorities will crack down even harder now that their end is near!
Call (at 202-224-3121) or write your Senators and Representative and urge them to demand respect for human rights in Honduras. Ask them to call for a return of Zelaya to the presidency of Honduras and to demand that the coup authorities, the army and the police respect the right to assembly of the citizens of Honduras. Emphasize that any bloodshed will be on the hands of the coup government and security forces.
Call the White House comment line at 202-456-1111 or write President Barak Obama with the same message.
Please e-mail the Nicaragua Network at nicanet@AFGJ.org with any reply that you receive.