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US has blood on hands for encouraging Honduras coup, says journalist

Journalist Fred Alvarado believes the US has the blood of Honduran journalists on its hands for encouraging a coup that brought a corrupt government against a democratically elected government. He joins us to look back on the 2009 Honduran coup, and its impact today.
Honduras' ousted President Manuel Zelaya holds up a document during a news conference inside the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa November 4, 2009. Zelaya called on Washington to state clearly whether it supported his return to power or the de facto government that ousted him. (Reuters/Edgard Garrido)

The forced removal of leftist Honduran President Manuel Zelaya in the early morning hours of June 28th, 2009 came as a shock. 

Fred Alvarado was there when the military moved in and the police fanned out. 

As part of our project Ripple Effect, we're looking at this coup and its continuing impact on the region.

Fred Alvarado is a journalist and documentary filmmaker, and he is the winner of the inaugural investigative journalism award co-sponsored by PEN Canada and PEN Honduras. He was in Ottawa.

This segment was produced by The Current's Sarah Grant.