The Two Faces of the Coup

Mario Vargas Llosa writes on the serious political situation in Honduras, with his renowned objectivity and analytic capacity.

Monday, July 27, 2009

The Peruvian writer brings us a critical vision of the positions of the two battling sides, drafting a solution similar to the one proposed by Costa Rican president Oscar Arias.

"Awakening a constitutionally elected president with bayonets, and sending him to exile without giving him even a chance of changing his pajamas, as was done by the Honduran military to Manuel Zelaya, is an act of political barbarism..."

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Honduras Restores Civil Liberties

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Prior to negotiations between the parties, president Micheletti lifted the decree suspending civil rights.

"The decision was taken shortly before a negotiation round between spokespersons of Micheletti and Zelaya, who will discuss an agenda based on Oscar Arias' plan, centered around the restitution of the ousted president", reported

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