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Former Honduran President Manual Zelaya Says Coup Staged to Hand Country to Foreigners

LADB Article ID: 79681
Category/Department: Honduras
Date: 2015-06-25
By: George Rodríguez

The bloody coup that rocked Honduras six years ago was staged to hand the county over to foreign interests, which are using the Central American nation as a lab for a model to be implemented elsewhere if it proves successful, says former President Manuel "Mel" Zelaya (2006-2009), ousted in that coup. Legislation being passed aims at massive privatization of public services and infrastructures, a context made possible by the coup. In his evaluation of the violent action that toppled him at dawn on June 28, 2009, Zelaya told NotiCen that testing the country model implies repression through official security forces—several of them recently created—as well as an illegal structure made up of paramilitary squads. Within this framework of violence, making Honduras one of the most dangerous places worldwide—at the top of the list, according to different accounts—political killings are an ongoing practice triggered by the coup, Zelaya said.

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