Friday, July 3, 2009

The paradoxes of Randy Alonso

Photo and video: Lía Villares

A friend told me that for the first time Cuba and the United States agree on one thing: The coup d’etat in Honduras is a threat to democracy. The only problem is that the step would place Honduras at some point in time near to Cuba in the past, because for some time we’ve renounced historical truth and the succession of events, over and above democracy; in my country no one remembers any more that yesterday, today and tomorrow are not synonymous.

So the ineffable Randy was doing his work on The Roundtable on Thursday. Trying within the dimensions of his possibilities to explain to us the reasons why the coup cannot be accepted or established, which is clear enough to all who believe that power imposed by the military almost always degenerates into sad dictatorships or corrupt and militarized governments (if one has lived the experience themselves they can harbor no doubt).

He considered it necessary, however, to spell out certain rights that a civil society must maintain above all if it is a State of laws and he said that now, in Honduras, these rights are being violated:

- The right to free association.
- The right to a free press.
- The right to demonstrate against the government.

He concluded the program with a key phrase: “No despot has the right to lead a hard-working people.”

It’s not a joke, Randy said that… I almost cried I was laughing so hard, to think he would have the nerve. I suppose it slipped his mind a little. I start to imagine that at the end of the broadcast he would receive a friendly “little call” from “above”:

“Randy, please. There are many ways to argue that the civilian government of Honduras has to be restored. Next time might you avoid giving unnecessary details?”

Then I found myself thinking maybe the idea isn’t so ridiculous, they called Pánfilo for much less.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Zelaya was deposed by the LAW:

ARTICULO 239.- El ciudadano que haya desempeñado la titularidad del Poder Ejecutivo no podrá ser Presidente o Designado. El que quebrante esta disposición o proponga su reforma, así como aquellos que lo apoyen directa o indirectamente, cesarán de inmediato en el desempeño de sus respectivos cargos, y quedarán inhabilitados por diez años para el ejercicio de toda función pública.

humberto sisley