As the Honduran coup passed its three-month anniversary, the coup regime intensified its crackdown on the opposition, shutting down media outlets and breaking up protests that supported elected president Manuel Zelaya who remains inside the Brazilian Embassy.
Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department maintained its ambivalent attitude toward the coup, directing most of its criticism at Zelaya for returning to his country. In marked contrast to the front-page coverage given political protests in Iran, the U.S. news media also continues to treat the Honduran coup as a minor story.
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After the coup leaders issued a martial-law decree suspending many constitutional freedoms, the military raided and shut down three media outlets that had criticized the coup. Honduran filmmaker and resistance member Oscar Estrada called the shutdowns a severe blow to the anti-coup forces by silencing news of dissent.
“It’s like we never existed,” Estrada said.
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