While in other parts of the world conspiracy theories suffer from a bad reputation, they are necessary in Honduras.
And of course, internationally, the most acceptable conspiracy theory is that of the coup d’Etat.
And this being so, one wonders, if conspiracy theories have such a bad press, why in the case of Honduras they are acceptable?
In my opinion, this happens because of the bad image Honduras has internationally. A lot of people find it hard to believe that the U.S. government, for example, may conspire against his own people, but it is easier to think that a small country with a bad reputation, like Honduras, can.
The conspiracy theory of the coup d’Etat
According to the group that claims Honduras had a military coup, known as the “resistance”, Manuel Zelaya was the greatest president Honduras ever had, the one who had the courage, like no other, to confront the the powers that be. Proof of this was the disproportionate increase in the minimum wage and the proposed “fourth ballot box”, through which he was to inaugurate the popular sovereignty and participatory democracy. His affiliation with the progressive governments of Latin America that have joined the ALBA offered no doubt about his good intentions.
That’s why the Honduran oligarchy was frightened, because it saw the power slipping out of it hands, so they decided to conspire for a coup d’Etat, with the secret U.S. approval. In fact, the U.S. took the initiative in the coup, as the Honduran oligarchy is too servile to even think of a coup without the approval of Uncle Sam.
The conspirators were a group of businessmen of Arab descent who have taken the country through economic power, exploiting the natives and their natural resources. This group of Arab businessmen used the military to give a military coup with some semblance of civilian rule. Roberto Micheletti appeared as a de facto civilian president, but in reality he was only a puppet in the hands of the military.
The military took control of Congress and the Supreme Court.
Upon learning of the coup, the people went immediately to the streets protesting against the savage military coup, repudiating dictator Micheletti, so the de facto regime responded with torture, killings and disappearances.
The dead, tortured and desaparecidos are counted by the thousands, it’s a real slaughter, but you wouldn’t have known this by the Honduran media because they were all controlled by the coupsters. All anti-coup media was shut down. The international news channels like CNN were censored.
The oligarchy organized rallies of government and private business employees supporting the coup to give the impression that it had popular support, but they failed to convince anyone.
The U.S. publicly denounced the coup but it secretly continued funding it.
With the help of the United States fraudulent elections were held which were attended by less than 5% of the population, and yet the United States recognized the elections as valid.
The elections were intended to wash the face of the coup, but the sad reality is that the military remains in power through savage repression and brutality, but this is hidden from international public opinion through the disinformation campaign of the U.S. imperialism.
The Honduran people continue to believe that Mel Zelaya is their messiah, and he soon will come to free his people from he chains of the oligarchy.
But the reality is that…
It’s not true that Mel Zelaya did an excellent job as president in favor of the poor. Zelaya was characterized by his chaotic administration, he squandered the money of the debt cancellation. Zelaya was not removed from office for being pro-poor, but for trying to jump the fence of the political game’s rules.
There is no evidence of conspiracy for a coup d’Etat. The expulsion of Mel Zelaya of the country was apparently an unexpected event. Micheletti took office because he was the next in the line of command under the Constitution. There is no evidence that the military exercised the power. Micheletti led a civilian government. The Congress and the Supreme Court continued with the same officials who served during Zelaya’s term.
The groups that supported Zelaya were a minority. Reports of human rights abuses were politically manipulated in order to damage Honduras’ image. The pro-Zelaya media continued to operate in the midst of crisis, defaming and inciting people to violence.
The elections were a success, and have been the basis for international recognition of the Honduras government. There is no evidence of U.S. participation in Zelaya’s overthrown, rather, on the contrary, it pressed for the return of Zelaya to power and continues to regard what happened on June 28, 2009 as a coup.