Cuban ambassador targeted in Honduras


A curious detail has emerged from the coup underway in Honduras, thanks to the Cuban News Agency (and thanks to Magbana for pointing it out).

During a press conference at the venue of the Cuban Foreign Ministry (MINREX) in Havana, Rodriguez [Cuba’s Foreign Minister] also condemned the military’s violation of the diplomatic immunity of Cuba’s Ambassador to Tegucigalpa Juan Carlos Hernandez, who was kidnapped and beaten along with Honduran Foreign Minister Patricia Rodas in the presence of the Venezuelan and Nicaraguan ambassadors.

Note that Rodriguez does not speak of the Venezuelan and Nicaraguan ambassadors being beaten.  Just the Cuban and the Honduran, in their “presence.”

Now, Marc Frank, reporting from Havana for Reuters has a slightly different version:

Earlier, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Honduran soldiers took away the Cuban ambassador and left the Venezuelan ambassador on the side of a road after beating him during the coup. The Cuban ambassador was later released.

But Marc Frank has a proven tendency to omit certain facts and fabricate others.  So back to ACN:

Speaking over the phone, Hernandez said that troops with hoods on, led by a major whose surname was Oceguera, forcibly took Rodas and him to a military base in Tegucigalpa while they beat and insulted him as he refused to leave the Honduran top diplomat alone.

(Machetera might have phrased that differently but you get the point.)

Hours later, he was released and, with the help of friends, returned to the Cuban embassy, where all the personnel remains firm, like the more than 480 compatriots, mainly doctors and nurses currently working in diverse areas of the Honduran geography protected by the people, Rodriguez Parrilla added…

The Cuban FM also held the Honduran military responsible for the life of his Honduran counterpart Patricia Rodas and the integrity of the Cuban embassy and its personnel.
He also urged the international press to be objective in these difficult moments.

Too late for the last one, it seems.  The internet is already awash in stories blaming Zelaya for his forced rendition:

  • Reuters:  Zelaya, an ally of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, had provoked a political crisis after seeking to hold a consultitave vote on constitutional reforms that a court ruled was illegal.
  • AFP: It was an ignominious ending for Manuel Zelaya, the towering Honduran president, who came to power in his impoverished Central American nation four years ago with a raft of big ideas.

It’s those big ideas that’ll get you, every time.

  • AP: Soldiers ousted the democratically elected president of Honduras on Sunday and Congress named a successor, but the leftist ally of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez denounced what he called an illegal coup and vowed to stay in power.

Cheeky, cheeky.

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