reports, the Congress was "moving toward impeachment proceedings." Had the Congress actually impeached the President and then the military removed him on account of his refusing to leave office, there would be no constitutional issues. Unfortunately, that is not what happened.
The whole story is in today's Wall Street Journal. Zelaya's actions most certainly merited his removal by force.
O'Grady: Honduras Defends Its Democracy - WSJ.com
The Honduran Congress's response to the situation is looking more and more justified all the time.
Arresting a rogue president who leads a mob and breaks into the facility where balloting materials are kept, to hold an illegal election isn't a coup. It's the prevention of a coup.From the article: But Mr. Zelaya declared the vote on his own and had Mr. Chávez ship him the necessary ballots from Venezuela. The Supreme Court ruled his referendum unconstitutional, and it instructed the military not to carry out the logistics of the vote as it normally would do.
The top military commander, Gen. Romeo Vásquez Velásquez, told the president that he would have to comply. Mr. Zelaya promptly fired him. The Supreme Court ordered him reinstated. Mr. Zelaya refused.
Calculating that some critical mass of Hondurans would take his side, the president decided he would run the referendum himself. So on Thursday he led a mob that broke into the military installation where the ballots from Venezuela were being stored and then had his supporters distribute them in defiance of the Supreme Court's order.
I think it says a helluva lot when our government sides with the likes of Castro, Ortega and Chavez.
From what I understand the Honduras constitution was written by the military junta before they handed over power to civilian goverement around 20 years ago. So it's obvius that they and the political and economic elite that benefited from the constitution doesn't want it change. But maybe it can be intersting to see what the people believe about the constitution even if it's against the constution, ecpecially sens the people had no part in writing it.
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius