Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Honduran Police Confront Zelaya's Supporters

It certainly didn't take long for things to get ugly in Honduras:

Honduran police used tear gas Tuesday to disperse supporters of ousted President Manuel Zelaya outside the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa, where Zelaya has sought refuge since secretly returning to the country, TV news reports showed. [...]

One image broadcast on the station showed a policewoman punching a handcuffed woman in the face.

The station also showed video of water cannons being used to scatter Zelaya supporters and the ousted president's backers throwing rocks and other objects at police.

I'm not surprised at the military's quick response here (police and military often being part of the same branch in Latin American countries).

It's looking like Micheletti's trying to do the one thing left in his power, namely, isolate Zelaya inside from his supporters outside, and continue stonewalling. It may work, but Micheletti has successfully thrown away any last remnant of legitimacy or of anything resembling a decent political legacy that he may have had.

If the coup, repeated curfews, censorship, and bombarding the Brazilian embassy with noise in an effort to root out Zelaya didn't assure that, then certainly video footage of police punching in the face a handcuffed woman unable to defend herself will do the trick.