Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Who are the figures behind the coup?

  • A Cold War Ghost Reappears in Honduras. A New York Times profile of Billy Joya, Security Advisor to Micheletti's cabinet. "Human rights groups consider him one of the most ruthless former operatives of an American-backed military unit responsible for kidnapping, torturing and murdering hundreds of people suspected of being leftists during the 1980s."
  • Generals Who Led Honduras Military Coup Trained at the School of the Americas Romeo Vasquez, a general who led the military coup in Honduras, received training at the US School of the Americas. The SOA has trained more than 60,000 soldiers, many of whom have returned home and committed human rights abuses, torture, extra judicial
    execution and massacres. According to School of the Americas Watch, Vasquez attended the SOA in 1976 and 1984. The head of the Air Force, Gen. Luis Javier Prince Suazo, also studied there in 1996.
  • Robert Carmona Borjas, Venezuelan, vice-president of the right-wing Arcadia Foundation
    He drew up the notorious "Carmona decrees," suspending the Venezuelan constitution during the coup against Hugo Chavez in 2002. Weeks before the June 28 Honduran coup,
    Carmona-Borjas barnstormed the country accusing Zelaya of collaborating with narco-traffickers.
  • The high-powered hidden support for Honduras' coup: Lanny Davis, Washington lawyer and lobbyist, former legal counsel to President Clinton and avid campaigner for Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential bid. He has been hired by a coalition of Latin American business interests to represent the dictatorship that ousted elected President Manuel Zelaya of Honduras.