Reflections by Comrade Fidel
THE COUP DIES OR CONSTITUTIONS DIE
The countries of
When US President Barack Obama -- while on a trip to Moscow to discuss vital topics on the subject of nuclear weapons -- was declaring that the only constitutional president of Honduras was Manuel Zelaya, the ultra right-wing and the hawks in Washington were making manoeuvres for Zelaya to negotiate a humiliating pardon for the illegalities attributed to him by the perpetrators of the coup.
It was obvious that before his people and the world such an act would be tantamount to his disappearance from the political stage.
It is a proven fact that when Zelaya announced he would be returning on July 5th, he had decided to fulfil his promise to share the brutal repression of the coup with his people.
Travelling with the president was Miguel d’Escoto, the president pro
tempore of the UN General Assembly, along with Patricia Rodas, the Honduran
foreign minister, a Telesur journalist and others, a total of 9
persons. Zelaya maintained his decision
to land. I know for a fact that in mid-flight,
when they were nearing
His immediate reaction was to request that they took up altitude in order to denounce the events on Telesur and to demand of the commanding officers of those troops that they ceased the repression. Then he informed them that he would carry on with the landing. The high command then ordered the landing strip to be blocked. In a matter of seconds, motorized transport vehicles were obstructing the runway.
The Falcon jet made three passes, at a low altitude, over the
airport. Specialists explain that the
tensest and most dangerous moment for pilots is when fast, small planes -- like
the one carrying the president -- reduce speed for touchdown. That’s why I think that attempt to return to
If they wanted to put him on trial for alleged constitutional crimes, why not allow him to land?
Zelaya knows that it was not only the Constitution of Honduras what was
at stake, but also the right of the peoples of
The military base at Soto Cano, also known by its name of Palmerola -- located
That is the location of the US Joint Task Force-Bravo -- made up of personnel from the three forces -- that occupies 85
percent of the area of the base. Eva
Golinger reveals its role in an article published on Rebelión web site on
Soto Cano is also home of the Aviation Academy of Honduras. The components of the
What is the objective of the military base, the planes, the helicopters
If President Zelaya is not returned to his position, a wave of coups
threatens to sweep away many Latin American governments, or these will be at
the mercy of the ultra right-wing military, educated in the security doctrine
of the School of the
It would not be understandable for Zelaya to now admit to stalling manoeuvres that would wear out the considerable social forces that support him and only lead to an irreparable attrition.
The illegally overthrown president does not seek power, but he defends a principle, and as Marti said: “One just principle from the depths of a cave can be mightier than an army.”
Fidel Castro Ruz