The Real Cuba reports:
June 28 - Honduran president José Manuel Zelaya, an ally of Hugo Chávez and the Castro brothers, was arrested on Sunday morning by soldiers.
Zelaya had pledged to go forward with a referendum on constitutional reform despite the opposition of the Supreme Court, the military, Congress and members of his own party.
Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chávez was behind Zelaya's illegal referendum.
Zelaya was trying to follow the same tactic used by Chávez and his puppets in Bolivia, Nicaragua and Ecuador of trying to change the constitution to allow them to remain in power for life.
Planes from the Venezuelan Air Force had landed in Honduras to bring all the materials required for Sunday's referendum, despite the decision by Honduras' Supreme Court that it was illegal.
Earlier this month, after the OAS met in Honduras and decided to lift the sanctions against the Castro regime, Zelaya was full of praise for the Cuban dictator.
I have had the news on all morning and I hadn't heard this but then, Micael Jackson is still dominating the airwaves. This is one hell of a development. I'll update as more becomes known.
UPDATE: The L.A. Times confirms that a coup as taken place:
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — More than a dozen soldiers arrested President Manuel Zelaya and disarmed his security guards after surrounding his residence before dawn Sunday, his private secretary said. Protesters called it a coup and flocked to the presidential palace as local news media reported that Zelaya was sent into exile.The chief executive was detained shortly before voting was to begin on a constitutional referendum the president had insisted on holding even though the Supreme Court ruled it illegal and everyone from the military to Congress and members of his own party opposed it.
Fausta has background here: if you don’t have time to read it, note that proto-dictator Hugo Chavez (and whoever’s channeling Fidel Castro this week) is spitting nails on this. Given that, as the Wall Street Journal notes, this entire thing got started over President Zelaya’s attempt to set up a referendum* in opposition to pretty much the opposition of the rest of the Honduran government, civilian and military… well. A man is known by his friends, and I wish I knew what the equivalent Spanish idiom is.
*One that would allow him to run for re-election. The Honduras Constitution forbids that; given of what I know of South American history, this isn’t exactly surprising
Fox News is finally reporting on this . Our President has released a brief statement that basically said, "let's all play nice." Remember, this came to pass because Zelaya was trying to ala Castro and Chavez have himself named President for Life. Perhaps Obama should speak out a little more strongly, unless of course, he has no problem with the concept of a lifelong presidency.
UPDATE: It seems that these days it is quicker and easier to get breaking news from Twitter than from the MSM. So go to Twitter Breaking News for the latest.
Both Obama and Sec. Clinton have voiced their support for Pres. Zelaya and “the rule of law.” What a joke. Have either of them ever heard of FREEDOM? Zelaya was trying to follow in the footsteps of his buddies Castro, Chavez and Ortega. Holding an election when the results have already been pre-determined does not a democracy make. Once again, Obama has shown that he has little regard for the principals he took an oath to defend.
The latest update from Fausta:
Zelaya was arrested right before the voting on the referendum was scheduled to start. The referendum had been declared unlawful by the country’s courts.
Noticias24 reports that four units of 200 soldiers stormed the presidential residence at 6AM.
Electricity has been cut off in the capital, and it is rumored that Zelaya has been flown out of the country.
It’ll be interesting to watch what Hugo Chavez’s reaction will be, considering that he was saying
Hugo Chavez declared that “we are not going to watch with our arms crossed the goings-on in Honduras,” and insisted “we will do what we will have to do so the sovereignty of the Honduran people will be respected.”
Unconfirmed rumors say that Zelaya was flown to Venezuela.