Understanding the Sequence of Events Leading to the 2009 Coup in Honduras

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The purpose of this blog is to interrogate the 2009 coup in Honduras. But before we can be in a position to interrogate the coup deeply, we first of all need to get, into our minds, a picture of how the coup played out. Only then can we appreciate just how outrageous the coup was, and just how outrageous the events surrounding the coup were.

In trying to understand the sequence of events that led to the 2009 coup in Honduras, it is (in my opinion) best to visualize the entire thing as a five-stage process.

In the first stage of events leading to the 2009 coup in Honduras, a constitutional crisis arose in the nation.

In the second stage of events leading to the 2009 coup in Honduras, the then President Manuel Zelaya scheduled a poll, which would have paved the way to the establishment of a constituent assembly.  The said constituent assembly would ultimately have rewritten Honduras’ constitution.

In the third stage of events leading to the 2009 coup in Honduras, the Supreme court of the nation issued orders, barring the president from scheduling the poll (that is, the poll for a constituent assembly we referred to in the previous stage).

In the fourth stage of the events leading to the 2009 coup in Honduras, the Supreme court issued an arrest warrant against President Manuel Zelaya: after he had refused to honor the court order barring him from scheduling the poll.

In the fifth stage of the events surrounding the 2009 coup in Honduras, the actual coup took place: when President Manuel Zelaya was arrested, exiled to Costa Rica, and when the Honduran congress went ahead to install Roberto Micheletti in his place.

Thus, the scheduling of the poll for the constituent assembly to rewrite Honduras’ constitution was the trigger for the coup. All these events, of course, took place very fast (within a rather short frame of time). The whole thing seems to have gone very smoothly: much like the process of trying to access Publix associate resources online on the Publix Associate Resources website at www.publix.org. Nonetheless, questions persist, up to this day, on what or who exactly was driving the events behind the scenes, what the big picture in the entire thing was, what the struggle was all about… and so on. We will deal with those questions in future blog posts.

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