July 20, 2009

Ousted Honduran prez threatens protests; claims "nobody can stop him"

Not good news from Tegucigalpa:

Honduras’ political rivals were on a collision course on Monday after negotiations collapsed and deposed President Manuel Zelaya vowed to return home despite warnings from a defiant de facto government.

Zelaya says resistance is being organised in Honduras to pave the way for his return this weekend and that nobody can stop him.

The interim government installed after his June 28 military ouster has threatened to crack down on any protesters who stir trouble.

The looming confrontation raises the specter of a repeat of clashes in which at least one protester was killed during Zelaya’s abortive attempt to fly back into the Central American country on July 5. Troops blocked the runway and stopped him from landing.

”I have no doubt that this will raise the tension levels,” said Efrain Diaz, a political analyst with the Center for Human Development, a Honduran non-governmental organization. ”We could see violence if Zelaya tries to return by force.”

An interesting footnote in the article was this:

The crisis is seen as a diplomatic challenge for U.S. President Barack Obama as he seeks a fresh start with Latin America despite ideological differences with vocal U.S. foes like Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

"Ideological differences?" Since when? Especially on the present Honduran crisis -- Obama and Chávez are pretty much side-by-side: They want Zelaya back in power.

Posted by Hube at July 20, 2009 04:45 PM | TrackBack

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