“The military coup in Honduras has hit a sensitive note in El Salvador. Besides being neighbors, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador share a long history of military governments and repression.
All three countries have now elected progressive governments for the first time in their history since the Spanishcolonization over 500 years ago.The Governments of Zelaya, Colom and Funes are all reform minded, pro-social programs for the poormajority; they all three have begun to take action to break up rings of corruption linked with narco trafficking.
This process of democratization is severely threatened by thecoup in Honduras . The General Assembly of the Organization of American States ratified the Democratic Charter September 2001, committing to promote and implement democracy.
Honduras has violated the charter and has been suspended as a member because of the militarycoup. This is the first country in the Americas to get kicked outsince Cuba was suspended in 1962 (though a resolution in June 2009 has
overturned the 1962 resolution).
In terms of democracy, a successful coup in Honduras will bolster the right wing in El Salvador in creating obstacles for the FMLN government.
The conditions in El Salvador are very similarto those in Honduras; the left won popular presidential elections, butthe wealthy elite who have had a strong hold on El Salvador’s economicand political power for 180 years still hold control over the SupremeCourt of Justice, the Attorney General, the Accounting Court, theLegislative Assembly and other important institutions, as well asmonopoly control over the major media outlets."