Monday, June 29, 2009

New day, new update.

So, here's how things are today:

1) freakin' CALM. Everyone's going back to work. There are no huge protests or strikes or manifestations like Zelaya's supporters claimed there would be. There's a group of about 20 people in front of the Presidential house. NOTHING. Seriously, I think it's becoming very clear that Zelaya didn't have nearly as many supporters as he thought he did. Remember, this man had 30% approval and was coercing people and worker's unions to support the survey on Sunday.
2) Despite the fact that most people disapprove of using the 'kidnap and dump him in another country' method, I've heard nothing but people saying they're happy Zelaya is gone. He was destroying our country.
3) What is worrisome is that all the international news stations (we finally have CNN back, which is a good sign) are just reporting INTERNATIONAL views on the situation. I've yet to see more than one reporter reporting from INSIDE Honduras. So of course, with Zelaya in Nicaragua, his UN and OAS ambassadors still in place and his people calling out from other countries, of course everyone is making him out to be a martyr. He's not. Really, people have to remember that this man had rejected the orders of Congress and the SUPREME COURT to stop his survey and had ignored them. The man was outside the law. Again, the coup was bad, but probably the only way out. This man was NOT blameless. Stop making him look like a martyr and a hero.
4) Of course, with all this support he's getting outside, the guy just seems to be more determined to return. By force. How else is he going to return to a post that has already been passed on UNANIMOUSLY by a Congress (including people from his OWN party who supported him) and a people who do not want him back? Really. There needs to be a DIPLOMATIC solution to this, or nothing at all. But with Hugo Chavez ranting and goading him on, what are the chances of that?
5) We need more international press here, to look at both sides of the question. Instead, the few people here are flocking to the few pockets were 20 or 30 people are gathering to show support for Zelaya. And of course, these are his loudest, craziest supporters. Of course, on TV, it's going to look bad for us. Like we want him back. I am almost 100% sure that the people here don't want him back. If only because his return would definitely sink us into a deeper hole.
6) Again, fucking Hugo Chavez. He keeps ranting and raving about returning Zelaya to power BY WHATEVER MEANS NECESSARY. Do you know how terrifying that is to hear? Stupid, stupid man.
7) The UN and the OAS are in session now, discussing the situation here. Again, all they're hearing is from Zelaya's people. To say that what they're hearing is skewed is an understatement. Now, I can only hope that these people are smarter. That the people from Embassies here let their governments know that the situation here IS calm, and only tense because of what we're hearing from outside.

So, that's where we are now. There are a lot of rumors flying about, but it seems at least that we are getting information from inside. People went back to work today. I hope it stays calm and that the International community hears all sides and keeps Zelaya from doing anything rash. That's the best we can hope for, really. That he gets good, sane advice and doesn't listen to these guerilla fucks thinking that violence is the way to go.

I think though, like my mom says, the great thing is that the International community IS hearing from us. I'm doing it right now. Once upon a time Zelaya's supporters could've easily controlled the story from the get-go. But with communications the way they are today, people aren't buying the lies like they used to. Really. The internet rules. I hope that enough real stories from inside Honduras are picked up so that people get the true story. There's two sides to this question, and people shouldn't just hear from one.


Rusty said...

Just so you know, "Honduras" is trending topic #9 on Twitter, below MJ, Billy Mays, and something "Wawrinka" and I have no clue what that last one means.

So, um, take that as you will. I care more about you than all those other things, though. Promise. Glad to hear it's going well.

moo... said...

thanks for the update. wishing the best possible future for your country. it would be really cool if it could just go back to functioning as democratically as it did, or did not, before all this mess!

it might please you to hear that a norwegian paper actually got hold of a norwegian woman living and working in honduras, who said much the same thing as you've been doing these last few days. of course, the comments were inane as usual ("what does she know", dude, more than you behind your widescreen in your ergonomic computer chair, perhaps?)

Sofi said...

Cuando se trata de golpes de estado, el destituído siempre será un mártir. Sino, mira lo que pasó con Salvador Allende.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for blogging about what's going on in Honduras, it's been good to get some real news and perspective.

Your blog has been linked to Andrew Sullivan over at The Atlantic, so you'll probably see a jump in traffic--

Take Care!