Let’s conduct a small test: there are two sides to the reporting of yesterday’s clashes between the police and Zelaya’s supporters. Let’s see which side, if any, the international media report.
Zelaya’s side: as reported by Telesur. They interviewed a leader named Juan Barahona who called yesterday’s actions, “the most brutal repression that we have lived. They fell on us like enemies, like the oppressors of the people that they are. They took us to the police station that is in Barrio Belén. They released us at five in the afternoon because of the efforts of human rights associations and the pressure of the resistance outside.” He denounced the aggression against a teacher who was shot, and hovers between life and death. “We are fighting against the coup presided by the oligarchs, this repressive coup that has suspended the individual rights of citizens.” he said. Telesur also reported that Carlos Reyes, the presidential candidate for the “popular sector was repressed by the military forces”.
The police’s side: as reported by El Heraldo. “Orders were clear, any manifestation that affects free mobilization of people will be dissolved. Police action was motivated by acts of vandalism committed by people infiltrated among the manifestation. The road block … began at 9:00am in the El Durazno sector, with 1,500 people, composed of union members, leaders of teachers unions and members of the Bloque Popular”. When dislodged, the manifestation decided to move toward the center of the city, sacking businesses in the Belén market. “The police, who followed them, stopped them from committing these acts of vandalism, for which they recieved the applause of the neighbors of the place, saying that they were tired of a few people keeping the country in anxiety. A teacher, named Roger Vallejo was wounded in the head … 80 people were arrested and released hours later.