US Ambassador Pressured to Change Honduras Democratic Constitution

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.

2 thoughts on “US Ambassador Pressured to Change Honduras Democratic Constitution”

  1. Nobody violated the constitution you [CENSURED]. What Zelaya was proposing was a 100% NON-BINDING OPINION POLL to gauge the public’s level of support for a future constitutional convention that would take up the question of amending their right-wing toilet paper “constitution” written by and for the Honduran wealthy oligarchy. The referendum would have changed exactly nothing and the proposed future constitutional convention would have been held months AFTER the next election, meaning there was no way in this world that Zelaya would have been able to extend his term and be “president for life” as the uninformed mouth-breathing propagandists would have you believe. OK?

    He was doing nothing wrong and furthermore the rule that they are alleging he broke with his non-binding opinion poll was “broken” ex-post facto in other words they wrote the “law” prohibiting what he was doing AFTER he announced his intention to do it. Honduras is an effing banana republic, what do you expect? The military was acting on behalf of the Honduran oligarchy who were profoundly threatened by Zelaya. Why? Because he had just raised the pitiful minimum wage by 60% so no wonder they wanted his head.

    Unfortunately it seems that after more than 80 days you still have not found the time to look at this situation in any other way than through the distorted lens of right-wing propaganda.

    1. Manuel Zelaya violated an injunction from the Supreme Court, issued while the case was being examined. Since the final verdict now has fallen, we can see that the injunction was justified, since the court found that the referendum indeed violated the constitution.

      Zelaya thus violated the judicial branch of government, which is a High Crime. The fact that he sis it with foreign aid qualifies it as High Treason in my country, but I haven’t studied the Honduran laws it that level of detail. He is accused on prima facie evidence of “delito contra el forma de gobierno”.

      You are entitled to your opinion but you are not entitled to your own facts. If you think about it I’m sure you will realize that it is the courts that are to interpret the laws, not you. Definitely not you.

      PS. By your standards, the US has the same kind of ‘right-wing toilet paper “constitution” written by and for the wealthy oligarchy’ as you so graphically describe it. Do you want to flush that down the toilet, too?

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