Crushing Honduras: The Coup Excepted

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Honduran Coup Under Pressure
by TheRealNews.com
The military coup in Honduras is under increasing international pressure to restore elected president Manuel Zelaya to power, but is responding with growing repression.
 
The coup-backed regime of Roberto Micheletti has yet to gain recognition from a single foreign government and all three of its neighbors have sealed the borders. The regime also faces economic threats from the World Bank and the United States.
 



Domestically, to contain pro-democracy demonstrations, the military regime has resorted to tactics reminiscent of Central America's dark past, with beatings, curfews, spot-checks, censorship and death threats. Honduran human rights advocate Bertha Oliva believes that the actions of the 'golpistas' (coup leaders) can only be explained as a reaction to the growing demand for citizen participation in Honduran politics.

However, the coup leaders have sought to make their actions appear necessary to defend the republic from a power-hungry President Zelaya, who was forced into exile.

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