A new investigation conducted by the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) Research Associate Jake Johnston reveals key details involving US officials and their support for the 2009 coup in Honduras that ousted former President Manuel Zelaya.
The investigation, published by The Intercept, was based on military intelligence documents and interviews with Honduran and US officials. It focuses on the Pentagon and the United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), and their interests in ensuring the success of the coup against Zelaya by the country’s military.
Here’s what Johnston found:
- A top US military official met with Honduran coup plotters a day prior to the coup, demonstrating that they knew about the forthcoming ouster.
- A Honduran military official’s warning to the US ambassador was met with “indifference.”
- A retired US general provided assistance to Honduran military leaders advocating for the coup, according to interviewed sources, confirming previous allegations.
- US military officials were guided by an “obsessive concern” with former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s growing influence in the region as opposed to domestic Honduran issues.
Overall, the investigation demonstrates that the Pentagon’s main interest was to maintain tight relations with close Honduran military allies, rather than overturn the coup.
Prior to his removal, Zelaya sought to hold a non-binding, nationwide poll on whether to include a fourth ballot box in the forthcoming elections to usher in a National Constituent Assembly for the rewriting of the country’s constitution. The effort was intended to democratise the country’s laws, which have traditionally favoured…
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