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Honduran Accord Solidifies Coup E'Etat Rule

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Right-wing media hype called the vote illegal, a ploy to re-elect Zelaya, a way to shift his conservative Liberal Party far-left, a scheme to solidify his Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA) membership and let Chavez make Honduras socialist. In a pro forma June 29 pronouncement, the CSJ reinstated Velasquez. The Catholic Church backed the coup government. Months of terror followed, including:

-- imposing military rule, martial law, and a state of siege;

-- deploying combat troops on city streets;

-- suspending civil liberties, including habeas, the right of assembly, free movement and free expression;

-- committing thousands of human rights violations;

-- thousands more illegal arrests;

-- dozens of killings, beatings, kidnappings, and nationwide intimidation;

-- according to the human rights NGO Comite de Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos en Honduras (Committee of Relatives of the Disappeared - COFADEH), torturing and sodomizing men and gang-raping women;

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