The Good Coup
The Overthrow of Manuel Zelaya in Honduras
by Marco Cáceres di Iorio
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Honduras is known as the classic “Banana Republic” – a characterization of a politically backward country
ruled by a tiny wealthy class. The phrase was coined by the North American writer O. Henry in his book,
Cabbages and Kings. It conveys the image of a nation plagued by military coup d’états... historically
undeniable in the case of Honduras. The controversial overthrow of President Manuel Zelaya on June 28, 2009
represents a watershed in Honduran history. Was President Zelaya an innocent victim of the military and
judicial systems, or did government officials act wisely in rescuing Honduras from a president intent on
remaining in power indefinitely and dismantling the country’s democratic institutions? Although it awakened
memories of past coups, it is unclear whether this was a traditional or a “hybrid coup”, featuring some
elements of what the world tends to associate with coups, but lacking others. The collection of short
essays in this book offers personal insights on these questions and on a wide range of events, themes,
and philosophical struggles that defined the political crisis in Honduras.
About the Author
Marco Cáceres di Iorio is the editor of the online newspaper Honduras Weekly. He is also the
cofounder of projecthonduras.com, an international network of volunteers involved in humanitarian development
projects aimed at empowering the people of Honduras. He directs the annual Conference on Honduras in the town
of Copán Ruinas in northwestern Honduras. He was born in Tegucigalpa.
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