Tanks and teargas: Honduras's election fiesta
Hondurans went to the polls yesterday in what the pro-coup media cheerfully called the "fiesta electoral."
It's a wild party that drew a bad crowd.
The United Nations and the Organization of American States refused to send election observers because they saw the contest as hopelessly compromised. The elected president, Mel Zelaya was deposed by a coup on June 28 and illegally deported at gunpoint. He later snuck back into the country and took up residence in the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa.
The U.S. originally said it wouldn't recognize elections under the rule of the coup regime, which has been condemned by numerous international human rights organizations for curtailing freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and freedom of the press and for using arbitrary detention and excessive (sometimes lethal) force against opposition leaders.
Yesterday, the regime sent tanks to surround about 1000 peaceful protesters and bombard them with water cannons and tear gas.
BoRev is liveblogging the election. The big question is: How many Hondurans joined with Zelaya in boycotting the election?