Until last Friday, pro-Zelaya protesters have been allowed to do as they please, including disrupting traffic, assaulting police, military, citizens, and journalists, vandalizing businesses, burning tires, preventing people from going to work or school or delivering their products.
Take a close look at these photos to determine who is the aggressor. Click on any of the photos to enlarge them.
Despite the fact that some of the protesters carry weapons, the police and military have not attacked them with live ammunition. They fire shots into the air or rubber bullets into the ground to disburse the crowd when they become out of control and only used tear gas when necessary. (By the way, tear gas was used on teachers during strikes under Mel Zelaya.)
Two people have been killed in the demonstrations and many believe it was by other demonstrators, many of whom are gang members, common criminals, and foreign agitators imported to promote insurrection. It seems obvious that if the police or military were shooting at protesters, there would be many, many more dead.
On Friday, it was announced that the penal code would be enforced and that pro-Zelaya protesters will no longer be able to infringe on the civil rights of law abiding citizens or cause economic instability to the country. Protesters will not be allowed to prevent traffic from circulating and will not be allowed to carry arms of any type, including rocks, bats, and iron bars as they have been doing. Those calling for or leading violent or disruptive protests will be subject to 2-4 years incarceration and fines from L.30,000 to L.60,000.
In addition, a special team of police have been appointed to dialogue with the protesters. A suggestion was made to have a television program to which the police replied, "Good idea".
The Honduran constitution (article 79) guarantees the right to public manifestations, but article 62 also guarantees that the rights of each man are limited by the rights of the rest.
Pro-Zelaya protesters have prevented people from going to work and school, entering hospitals, delivering food and other products, even from selling newspapers of which they don't approve. They have vandalized government buildings and businesses, and not just large business, but micro-businesses of poor people who don't support the pro-Zelaya movement.
When a few hundred people infringe on the rights, security, and safety of everyone else, something has to be done.
Despite the restraint and professionalism the military and police have shown for the past 37 days in handling these riotous crowds, the internet is awash in wild claims of military suppression and abuse, hundreds or thousands of political detainees, death squads, massacres, and, yes, some even ridiculously call it a holocaust. As support for Zelaya diminishes, the claims get more and more wild.
These false claims are not verified and often are made by people who are not even in Honduras. Even though there are hundreds of journalists and photographers in Honduras, doing as they please, reporting on what they want to report on, talking to whomever they want to talk to, and going wherever they want to go, no reputable news agency has verified any of these wild claims.
Doesn't it seem odd to you that the media is not reporting these 'massacres'?
How is it that protesters are being shown on television every day (and rerun day after day) if they are truly being denied their civil right to protest?
Doesn't it seem odd that the media has only been able to show photos of two bodies during the past 37 days of conflict in Honduras if there are 'massacres'?
Doesn't it seem likely that if the media were being repressed or prevented access that they would be screaming to high heaven about it?
Please think about these things and ask for some accountability from these fake "human rights" organizations that are fronts for socialist movements who spread outrageous lies about what is happening here in Honduras.
For those responsible human rights organizations, you should be looking at Venezuela, not Honduras. President Micheletti has invited anyone to come to Honduras to see what is happening here. What you will see is 7.5 million Hondurans going about their daily business − as always − while a thousand people scattered around the country are trying to take the country hostage.