Sunday, November 29, 2009

Trumka: Free Elections not possible in Honduras

The Obama Administration fails the test of democracy.

Trumka: Free Elections Not Possible Now in Honduras
Posted By James Parks On November 16, 2009 (2:26 pm) In Legislation & Politics

The continued repression of trade unionists by the regime set up in Honduras after a June 28 coup makes it impossible to hold free and fair elections, says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka in a Nov. 13 letter to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Trumka points out that delegates to the AFL-CIO Convention in September passed a resolution calling on the U.S. government to suspend military aid to Honduras until President Manuel Zelaya, the democratically elected leader, is returned to office and human and trade union rights have been restored.

Click here to read the convention resolution on Honduras and here to read Trumka's letter.

With an illegitimate government in power, scheduled elections later this month cannot be fair, free and open, Trumka says.

The New York Times
November 26, 2009

BRASILIA (Reuters) - The United States risks souring
relations with much of Latin America if it recognizes a
presidential election in Honduras on Sunday, the
foreign policy adviser to President Luiz InĂ¡cio Lula da
Silva of Brazil said in an interview on Wednesday.

The de facto leader of Honduras, Roberto Micheletti,
has said he hopes the election will end a political
crisis that began when soldiers placed President Manuel
Zelaya on an airplane and sent him into exile on June

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