Honduran police fire tear gas at supporters of ousted president; 1 killed
A street vendor died Thursday from inhaling tear gas fired by police against hundreds of supporters of ousted President Manuel Zelaya.
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#1 Sep 17, 2010
This is the life in countries who enforce laws.
Collateral damage is acceptable and anticipated.
Don't do the crime and you won't die.
#2 Sep 18, 2010
I think I have Honduras figured out. You have a ruling class that basically runs the country. Currently it works to the interest of wealth generally, the well educated people, and has policies that are good for middle to upper income city people.
Zelaya represented the rural and urban poor. The difficulty with Zelaya was that he didnt really constitute a viable alternative. His policies, if implemented, would take the country back to a pre-Columbian period. Honduras, unlike Venezuela, does not have oil wealth to fall back on.
My guess is that it is always like that. The poor people, the lower third of the population, have ideas about how things should be done that are not consistent with a modern, industrial economy. And so in the end, unless poverty is the goal, they can not actually be supported. And the other choice, the only viable one, is to go along with the money elite, broadly defined. That leads to repression, the current state of the country.
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