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Reported return of Honduran leader sparks protests
Obama supporting ousted Zelaya despite fears he would turn country sharply left

Posted: September 21, 2009
4:53 pm Eastern

By Ashley Rindsberg
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

TEGUCIGALPA – The Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa has erupted into demonstrations amid reports ousted president Manuel Zelaya has returned.

The interim government, led by Roberto Micheletti, issued denials that Zelaya is in the country, but the U.S. State Department has confirmed Zelaya is in Honduras.

The Obama administration has shown strong support for Zelaya despite widespread criticism that the former president was leading the country down a path eerily similar to that of Venezuela under its leftist president, Hugo Chavez.

Zelaya himself said he was in the capital during a broadcast today on Venezuela' government-owned Telesur network.

"I'm here in the Honduran capital, in the first place carrying out the people' will, which has insisted on my restoration," Zelaya said.

Demonstrations are centered around Colonia Palmira, the upscale Tegucigalpaneighborhood where diplomatic missions and some of the city's native and foreign elite reside behind towering walls topped with razor wire and electric fencing.

Crowds here have been marching and driving down Palmira's streets, which have been choked off to traffic, chanting pro-Zelaya slogans and waving the red and white flag of the former president's Liberal party in celebration of his return.

Some reports claimed Zelaya was harbored inside the American embassy, in Palmira, drawing the demonstrators to that part of the city.

Obama siding with Chavez-like politician?

Chavez's recent support for Zelaya, including congratulations issued today by the Venezuelan president, underscore belief that Zelaya was attempting to move the country sharply to the left, and using unconstitutional methods to achieve this political turn. Many in Honduras are puzzled and frustrated by White House 

While today's demonstrations have not been violent, police helicopters have started circling the area, and the loud bangs of fireworks are punctuating the shouts, horn honking and drone of the hovering choppers.

According to local sources, demonstrations of this kind have been fairly common since the summer coup that ousted Zelaya, however reports of the former president's return to the city despite warnings of arrest from the Micheletti government have intensified the reaction.

All this comes on the heels of very serious political and social polarization in Honduras, particularly in the capital. Both opponents and advocates of Zelaya say the divide has been exacerbated by Washington's decision to cut aid and revoke the visas of Honduras' diplomatic mission and even some of its federal judges.

Despite Honduras' noticeable history of peace in the context of near-constant Central American political violence, today's demonstrations and Zelaya's return indicate the country's current instability is not abating.

involvement in what they consider to be an internal Honduran matter, particularly since Zelaya was removed not by the military, as the Obama administration has publicly claimed, but by the Honduran congress and courts. 
 

 
 
WND Exclusive

Reported return of Honduran leader sparks protests
Obama supporting ousted Zelaya despite fears he would turn country sharply left

Posted: September 21, 2009
4:53 pm Eastern

By Ashley Rindsberg
© 2009 WorldNetDaily



TEGUCIGALPA – The Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa has erupted into demonstrations amid reports ousted president Manuel Zelaya has returned.

The interim government, led by Roberto Micheletti, issued denials that Zelaya is in the country, but the U.S. State Department has confirmed Zelaya is in Honduras.

The Obama administration has shown strong support for Zelaya despite widespread criticism that the former president was leading the country down a path eerily similar to that of Venezuela under its leftist president, Hugo Chavez.

Zelaya himself said he was in the capital during a broadcast today on Venezuela' government-owned Telesur network.

"I'm here in the Honduran capital, in the first place carrying out the people' will, which has insisted on my restoration," Zelaya said.

Demonstrations are centered around Colonia Palmira, the upscale Tegucigalpaneighborhood where diplomatic missions and some of the city's native and foreign elite reside behind towering walls topped with razor wire and electric fencing.

Crowds here have been marching and driving down Palmira's streets, which have been choked off to traffic, chanting pro-Zelaya slogans and waving the red and white flag of the former president's Liberal party in celebration of his return.

Some reports claimed Zelaya was harbored inside the American embassy, in Palmira, drawing the demonstrators to that part of the city.

Obama siding with Chavez-like politician?

Chavez's recent support for Zelaya, including congratulations issued today by the Venezuelan president, underscore belief that Zelaya was attempting to move the country sharply to the left, and using unconstitutional methods to achieve this political turn. Many in Honduras are puzzled and frustrated by White House involvement in what they consider to be an internal Honduran matter, particularly since Zelaya was removed not by the military, as the Obama administration has publicly claimed, but by the Honduran congress and courts.

While today's demonstrations have not been violent, police helicopters have started circling the area, and the loud bangs of fireworks are punctuating the shouts, horn honking and drone of the hovering choppers.

According to local sources, demonstrations of this kind have been fairly common since the summer coup that ousted Zelaya, however reports of the former president's return to the city despite warnings of arrest from the Micheletti government have intensified the reaction.

All this comes on the heels of very serious political and social polarization in Honduras, particularly in the capital. Both opponents and advocates of Zelaya say the divide has been exacerbated by Washington's decision to cut aid and revoke the visas of Honduras' diplomatic mission and even some of its federal judges.

Despite Honduras' noticeable history of peace in the context of near-constant Central American political violence, today's demonstrations and Zelaya's return indicate the country's current instability is not abating.


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