Monday, June 29, 2009
A coup in Honduras
While I've been peacefully improving my Spanish in Antigua, a military coup has taken place in Honduras, El Salvador's neighbor. The President, Manuel Zelaya, was rousted out of his bed in the Casa Presidencial by soldiers with machine guns, taken to a plane, and flown into exile in Costa Rica. Meanwhile, the Honduran legislature elected another member of his party as President. Electricity was shut off for most of Sunday in Tegucigalpa, and the local TV stations are broadcasting only telenovelas and cartoons. Sounds like an old-fashioned Latin American coup, but this time the coup is being soundly opposed by - as far as I can tell - all the governments of the Americas, including the U.S. For the story to date, read the New York Times.