Amnesty to be debated in Honduras’ congress

In an article in El Heraldo late last night, it is clarified that the amnesty that I wrote about yesterday would be for the people who took to the streets to protest what they believed was a coup d’état, based on the mistake made by the international community – including the General Assembly of the United Nations – in classifying it as such.

In other words, the U.S. and others provoked unrest in Honduras by misinterpreting what happened, thus causing violence, and now they want the people who acted on their mistake to get amnesty. The Honduran congress will vote on such an amnesty on Monday. The amnesty will not include corruption and other (non-political) felonies committed by Zelaya, but it will include violence and property damage during street protests.

In the same session the congress will vote on leaving ALBA, the organization of states led by Hugo Chávez’s Venezuela, since it turned out to be more political-military than commercial in nature. Although the treaty is written in such a way that only Venezuela can revoke it, Honduras considers that the South American nation has not lived up to its contractual obligations, by not delivering petroleum since June 28 last year.

The agreement includes delivery of petroleum products on very favorable credit terms. As part of the bill to leave the treaty Honduras plans on paying off the entire debt, and settle all related matters (including returning gifts) as a matter of honor. Similar bills have been introduced both by the sitting president and by a congressman from the party of the president elect.

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  • Ulf Erlingsson wrote:

    Personally I support giving amnesty to those who believed they were supporting democracy, but due to misinformation were working against it, even if they committed minor crimes in so doing. Of course major crimes such as murders should not be excused, but that’s not the plan either. It also makes sense, because the legal system needs to be freed up to deal with the more serious criminals: the murderers, the drug smugglers, and the large corruption cases.

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