Insulza uses the “D” Word

October 13th, 2009
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This a statement by José Miguel Insulza reported in El Universal, emphasis mine:

“Todavía hay mucha violencia, mucha división, mucho problema, ha habido estado de sitio recientemente, toque de queda; todas esas cosas hay que verlas y además el Gobierno sigue siendo el mismo gobierno y la misma dictadura que era al principio, sin dar derecho a concesión alguna. Todo esto juega en contra de un proceso electoral transparente”

“There is still lots of violence, lots of division, lots of trouble, there has recently been a state of siege, a curfew; all these things must be seen, and also the government is still the same government, and the same dictatorship that it was at the beginning, without giving the right to any concession. All this plays against a transparent electoral process.”

I feel like demanding Insulza call Fidel a dictator. I’d love to hear him call Chávez a dictator. Both have killed innocent civilians, removed many rights, jailed their peaceful opponents, and shut down dissident media, in a way that makes it hard to see how they could condemn Micheletti, who has applied force only on criminals and vandals, who happened to be Zelaya supporters.

God save us from this man.

  • Phill

    “how they could condemn Micheletti, who has applied force only on criminals and vandals, who happened to be Zelaya supporters.”

    Aaron, I agree with your feelings— to have Chavez/Fidel called “dictators” by Insulza…they are certainly so—however, the quote from your blog disturbs me. I’ve lived here during these events (and still do), and have attended demonstrations on both sides….the police and miliatry have applied force and beatings on peaceful protestors (whom are the majority)…I have seen it and there is plenty of evidence (videos) on the web. Your opinions have been pretty fair, but this is an unjust characterization of the protestors. Yes, there is a minority of protestors that graffitti and throw rocks, but this is to be expected in any massive demonstration, where the people feel they have been wronged. Please do not add to the ignorance. The majority are peaceful. the police/military are not caring whom they hit with their poles–they hit anyone around…even non-protestors, like street vendors, and women trying to walk home from work. The majority of injuries on these people are on their backs, or backs of legs..because they are running away..what does that say about the police?..they are chasing people to hit them–they could, instead, surround and arrest them, but instead they use violence…There is a reason why the Human rights commision is condemning the violence–they don’t just read the papers, they send investigators here to attend rallies, and interview participants (on both sides). Michelletti is allowing (if not ordering) this violence against his own people–the majority of whom are peaceful.

    • Thanks Phill, I haven’t been there when the violence is taking place, although I have seen the videos. And it is brutal, and I feel sick to see the pictures of the bruises and welts and blood on the people who have been beaten.

      But, I don’t believe the CIDH or Amnesty International anymore. I’ve read their reports and compared them to the news. The reports are taking as true the statements of the agitators, and aren’t investigating as they should. The “investigators” accept any accusation as truth.

      I believe that the police HAVE used excessive force. But my anger is that Castro and Chavez have used similar and worse force and go uncondemned, and even unmentioned by Insulza.

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