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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 04:04 PM
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My father has been punished for helping Honduras
My father has been punished for helping Honduras
Xiomara Zelaya

Published 17 September 2009

After the removal of my father by a military coup sanctions against the regime are vital



Following the removal by a military coup of Jos Manuel Zelaya on 28 June, the people of Honduras have been engaging in a peaceful struggle for his restoration as president, for their rights, and for the convening of a constituent national assembly. Much is said about a possible military intervention by the Venezuelan president, Hugo Chvez; of a supposed wish by President Zelaya to perpetuate himself in power; and of Zelaya's alleged crimes, but these are all being used simply to mask the real reasons for the coup.

Since his election, my father has promoted the idea of "citizen power": the involvement of citizens in the decision-making process. He promoted the Citizen Participation Law, giving the people the right to use surveys, plebiscites and referendums to participate in decision-making. From the beginning, the media criticised his ideas, proposals and actions. Sometimes they called him mad. They accused him of ignorance. They branded his government ineffective. Later they called him populist, and now they say he is a communist and fugitive from justice.

In government, my father fulfilled his campaign promises, starting with cuts in fuel prices. This caused direct confrontations with the major oil multinationals. He denounced the plundering of the state electricity and telecommunications enterprises, which had been forced into bankruptcy. He worked for their recovery and to avoid privatising the few remaining state firms in a country where some 80 per cent of our resources have been privatised.

My father confronted the media. He condemned the media owners' contracts, exemptions from taxes, concessions worth millions, and illegal businesses such as firearms supply firms. He also achieved free education for all children, guaranteed school meals for more than 1.6 million children from poor families, reduced poverty by almost 10 per cent during two years of government, and provided direct state help for 200,000 families in extreme poverty, supplying free electricity to those members of society most in need.

His government raised the minimum wage by 80 per cent and, after 16 years of economic stagnation, achieved historically outstanding growth levels. Agriculture - in a country dependent on imports for 70 per cent of its grain - has been strengthened. The production of a wide range of grains has been developed. With ALBA (the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas, a regional trade group led by Venezuela), the state bank has been capitalised. Domestic employees have been integrated into the social security system, a co-operation agreement has been signed with Petrocaribe (a regional energy trading organisation), and the social conscience of the country's citizens has been boosted.

More:
http://www.newstatesman.com/international-politics/2009...
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roody Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 12:46 AM
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1. Wow! No wonder they tossed him out!
That "citizen" stuff starts with the same letter as communist.
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Downwinder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 06:40 AM
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2. Thats why they quarantined Cuba. These slave revolts are contagious.
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roody Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 09:27 PM
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