Perus president Alan Garcia sa till spanska företagare på besök i Lima att den socialistiska modell som Hugo Chávez förordar, kallad chavismo på spanska, leder till “hunger, arbetslöshet, och att man hamnar på teknoligisk efterkälke”. Länderna runt Peru som har infört chavismen – Venezuela, Ecuador och Bolivia – försöker sprida den även till Peru, sa han, men försäkrade att landet kommer att stå emot.
“Vårt land kommer att motstå påtryckningarna och stå upp för demokrati, decentralisering, den fria marknaden, investeringar, privatekonomisk frihet, en balanserad budget, och respekt för de mänskliga rättigheterna”, la han till.
När Zelaya kastades ut som president ur Honduras i somras var det just för att han med grundlagsvidriga metoder försökte införa det systemet i sitt centralamerikanska land. Chávez rödskjortor använder nu våldsmetoder för att försöka förhindra Honduras grundlagsenliga val den 29 november.
According to Honduras minister of the presidency, Rafael Pineda Ponce, the US ambassador to Honduras, Hugo Llorens, put pressure on the country to go ahead with the illegal referendum aiming at an unconstitutional rewriting of the constitution. He did this at a meeting at the US embassy in which Pineda Ponce participated around June 24, a few days before Zelaya was removed from office by order of the Supreme Court for his role in violating the constitution.
Llorens allegedly questioned why they do not agree to changing the constitution, and the Hondurans replied that they are all in favor of improving the constitution, but that it has to be done in the manner prescribed in the constitution itself.
In my opinion, Llorens seems to have been seeking a way out of the crisis by talking to the side that, according to him, appeared to have the less strong argument. However, if he had bothered to read the constitution he would have found that he was wasting his time, and that he would have been much better off trying to dissuade Zelaya from violating the constitution.
Unfortunately, it seems that after 80 days he still has not found the time to read Honduras’ constitution.
Adolfo Facussé, chairman of the National Association of Industry (ANDI) in Honduras was turned back when arriving to Miami last Saturday, after the US has revoked the visas for a large number of businessmen who have expressed support for the presidential succession in Honduras on June 8th this year. When returning he warned of a “psychological war” and asked Hondurans to stay calm.
Facussé was traveling with his young son, who had a medical appointment in Miami.
Today at the UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, the meeting was blocked all morning by the group of Latin American and Caribbean countries, since they were opposed to the presence of the Honduran ambassador Delmer Urbizo, because he views the presidential succession on June 28th as constitutional. The Venezuelan ambassador, representing Honduras’ main cold war enemy president Hugo Chávez, as well as the Dominican Republic, indicated that their position was that Honduras should leave the meeting. When the Honduran ambassador refused, Argentina and Brazil raised it as a question of meeting order, whereupon the chair scheduled the debate for the afternoon.
Honduras is not part of the Human Rights Committee at present, but has as all countries the right to participate in the meetings and in the debate. Since the country has been accused of violating the human rights of citizens after June 28th, ambassador Urbizo chose to exercise that right in order to defend his country in the face of these accusations, something that Honduras’ enemies appear not to like at all.