This is the third update. To read the second go here.
There was a government imposed curfew last night and again tonight to prevent violence. We have and will continue to adhere to it. The U.S. Emabassy has said it is ok for U.S. citizens to go out of doors.
The deposed President continues to claim he is the sitting President.
The streets are quiet in La Ceiba. There are no reports of political protests or violence. There is a slight increase in military and police presence, but not much. Our daughter Madison’s school has been canceled for Monday, but is back on for Tuesday. Domestically things are getting back to normal.
Our mission team will return to Armenia Bonito today to continue construction and put on a Kids Bible Club. Tuesday morning our short term mission team is scheduled to leave.
In an effort to keep aware of what is going on I have interviewed dozens of Hondurans and in the last 48 hours I have read hundreds of articles. And let me tell you. What I am reading in the world media is NOT what is happening here.
The media is reporting that this was a military coupe designed to remove control from a democratically elected President. This is lazy reporting.
Here is a short synopsis of what has really happened – The President (a leftist) was at the end of his Constitutionally mandated four year term limit. There is a regularly scheduled election this November to replace him. Months ago he said he wanted to put a non-binding question on a June 28th ballot asking the people for a constitutional revision committee. Among other things, the constitutional revision committee would allow the President to run for a second term, in violation of the Constitution. The Congress (majority leftists) unanimously passed a resolution saying that he couldn’t have the election and that it was against the law. The Supreme Court (majority leftists) ruled 5-0 that the proposed ballot measure would violate the Constitution and that the election could not be held. The Constitution says that if a sitting President attempts to lift term limits that they are to be removed from office. The military administers elections in Honduras and they refused to hold the election, so the President fired the head of the military and seized thousands of ballot boxes and intended to have his election. Now this is a key point – on June 27th the Supreme Court voted 5-0 that the President was in violation of the Constitution and ORDERED the military to arrest him. As the Constitution demands, the President was removed from power and the head of the Congress (a leftist) was put in his place. This is NOT a military coup. This IS a peaceful implementation of the democratic process.
We ask that you pray for the people of Honduras and the government officials as they sort this out.
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