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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 12:22 PM
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Honduran soldiers surround Brazilian embassy
Source: Brisbane Times

NOE LEIVA
September 23, 2009 - 2:09AM

Honduran soldiers on Tuesday surrounded the Brazilian embassy ...

Zelaya said he had traveled for 15 hours through mountains, taking back roads to avoid military roadblocks, but declined to give details of those who had helped him return to the capital following his ouster June 28.

He told AFP Tuesday that he had spoken with police and soldiers the day before to "seek a way out of the crisis", accusing his rivals of trying to further isolate Honduras and preventing access to international negotiators.

"Fighting for democracy shouldn't be a crime. I think we have to seek to come together directly in order to achieve peace," he said, speaking by telephone from inside the embassy ...


Read more: http://news.brisbanetimes.com.au/breaking-news-world/ho...



MEXICO CITY Honduran police officers used tear gas early Tuesday to disperse thousands of backers of Manuel Zelaya, the deposed leader, outside the Brazilian Embassy, where he was seeking refuge after sneaking back into the country the day before, according to witnesses and news reports.

The de facto government had declared a curfew Monday after learning that Mr. Zelaya, who was expelled three months ago in a dawn coup, had re-entered surreptitiously to rally his supporters and confront the officials who had arranged his removal. After backers of Mr. Zelaya defied the order to stay off the streets, heavily armed riot police officers and soldiers forced them to scatter and took up positions around the embassy in Tegucigalpa, the capital.

At least two tear-gas canisters landed inside the embassy compound, Reuters reported, and Mr. Zelaya said in a television interview with Telesur, a Venezuelan broadcaster, that he foresaw bigger acts of aggression and violence by the de facto government and possibly even an invasion of the Brazilian Embassy ...

Police Break Up Rally for Ousted Honduran Leader
By ELISABETH MALKIN and MARC LACEY
Published: September 22, 2009
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/23/world/americas/23hond...

NEW YORK Brazil's president said Tuesday he asked deposed Honduras President Manuel Zelaya not to provide a pretext for coup leaders to invade the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa, where Zelaya has been staying since slipping back into the country.

President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said he spoke with Zelaya by phone on Tuesday morning, and that Zelaya had passed the night as peacefully as could be expected. Zelaya has been holed up at the embassy since Monday.

"This morning I spoke to president Zelaya simply to ask him to take care to give no pretext to the coup leaders to engage in violence," Silva said. He added that the only thing Zelaya asked was that demonstrators outside the embassy keep the peace ...

Silva said that by allowing Zelaya into its embassy, Brazil only did what any democratic country would do ...

Brazil's president says he spoke with Zelaya
By MICHAEL ASTOR (AP) 44 minutes ago
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5g9cZ2...

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (CNN) -- The Honduran military has placed sharpshooters near the Brazilian embassy where ousted President Manuel Zelaya has sought refuge since Monday, Zelaya said in an interview Tuesday morning with CNN en Espaol.

Military and police also were preventing people Tuesday morning from approaching the embassy, where a pro-Zelaya crowd spent the night, CNN en Espaol correspondent Elvin Sandoval reported.

According to Zelaya, who returned to his country Monday, Honduran authorities also have used tear gas and are blasting the embassy with loud music and noise to "drive crazy" the people inside ...

Sep 22, 2009
Honduran Military Places Sharpshooters Near Brazilian Embassy, Ousted President Says
http://www.wibw.com/nationalnews/headlines/60271737.htm...

... Diplomats around the world, from the European Union to the U.S. State Department, were urging calm. And the secretary general of the Organization of American States, who is trying to convince Micheletti to step down and put Zelaya back in power, said he was "very concerned" that the situation could turn violent.

"They have been calling us a lot from there. It's a hostile situation and I hope the defacto government fulfills its obligation to respect this diplomatic seat," said Jose Miguel Insulza.

So far, the government of interim President Roberto Micheletti has refused to budge on demands to reinstate Zelaya.

It asked Brazil to hand him over for arrest on charges of violating Honduras' constitution as president and an adviser to the foreign ministry, Mario Fortin, denied that international law would keep officials from raiding the embassy to grab Zelaya ...

Honduran security breaks up pro-Zelaya demos
By FREDDY CUEVAS (AP) 38 minutes ago
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jAkMG...

... The embassy was in a state of virtual siege as soldiers surrounded the building and cut off electricity ...

Rafael Alegria, head of the Via Campesina pro-Zelaya movement, told The Times by telephone from Tegucigalpa that the situation in the country was "very tense" ...

"It's very difficult, whatever citizen is found in the street is considered suspicious, a member of the resistance. So they are capturing, intimidating, attacking very openly, a lot of repression. It is a very tense situation with the capital taken by the army, it is very difficult."

He expressed fears for the safety of Mr Zelaya at the embassy, saying: "They've cut the electricity, there is no water, there is no food, and the embassy is surrounded by the police and army. They have not yet entered but it is a very delicate situation" ...

From Times Online
September 22, 2009
Tear gas fired as Hondurans mark return of deposed President
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_amer...

... The deposed president said that now is the time for the government to correct its mistakes and made an appeal for dialogue in order to avoid bloodshed.

"Honduras deserves a peaceful agreement, without violence, without bloodshed. People are defenseless, they have no weapons and it would be very unfortunate if, despite the international community vigilance, the government clamp down on the population. I believe that Mr. Micheletti should quickly correct the mistakes he made, avoiding bloodshed."

Zelaya thanked the Lula administration for opening the Brazilian embassy for him, even risking protests: "I'd like to thank president Lula, chancellor Celso Amorim and the (presidency advisor] Marco Aurlio Garcia who opened the doors to start the dialog. May the struggle for democracy in Honduras be useful for Latin America and for the continent."

The acting government in Honduras protested against Brazil for having sheltered Zelaya and said that it is holding the Brazilian government responsible for any violence that may occur around the embassy ...

Honduras Will Blame Brazil for Any Bloodshed in the Streets
Written by Jos Wilson Miranda
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
http://www.brazzilmag.com/content/view/11236/1 /

The police and army in Honduras on Tuesday morning swept away thousands of supporters of ousted President Manuel Zelaya who'd spent the night outside the Brazilian Embassy after his dramatic return to Honduras the day before.

Heavily armed government troops used tear gas and riot sticks to dislodge the supporters, the Associated Press reported.

The government's counter-move came after it extended a curfew throughout Tuesday, prohibited flights into the international airport in Tegucigalpa, the capital, and put up roadblocks on highways ...

Honduran troops rout Zelaya supporters outside Brazilian Embassy
By TYLER BRIDGES
McClatchy Newspapers
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/world/AP/story/1245792....

... Zelaya and news reports on Telesur TV said several people have been wounded.

Those reports could not be independently verified, but Telesur showed an ambulance headed to the scene.

Several people have been arrested, Zelaya and Telesur said. One image broadcast on the station showed a policewoman punching a handcuffed woman in the face ...

Honduran military uses tear gas on ousted leader's backers
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/americas/09/22/hondur... /


The interim government ruling Honduras since the ouster of President Manuel Zelaya announced it will close all four international airports today--Toncontin in Tegucigalpa (TGU), Ramon Villeda Morales in San Pedro Sula (SAP), Goloson in La Ceiba (LCE) and Juan Manuel Galvez on Roatan Island(RTB).

The Honduras Air Force will be taking over airport operations ...

Honduras Closes Airports Due To Unrest
Sep 22, 2009
By Jennifer Michels
http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/generic/story_channel.js...

Chilean Jose Miguel Insulza, Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), has scheduled a trip to Honduras for Tuesday ...

OAS Secretary General to Travel to Honduras
HAVANA, Cuba, Sept 21 (acn)
http://www.ain.cubaweb.cu/idioma/ingles/2009/0922secret...


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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 12:35 PM
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1. Great compilation, thank you.
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dipsydoodle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 01:28 PM
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4. ditto
Well composed. :thumbsup:
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anonymous171 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 12:40 PM
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2. I hope these fascists get what they deserve.
:grr: Fucking coupsters
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LiberalLovinLug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 01:31 PM
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5. They want to take the country back to the horror show in the 80's
When Ronnie 'bonzo' Reagan helped them with "advisers" to train death squads to terrorize the people into submission. This leader may not be perfect, but if this coup is allowed to flourish, its a huge step backwards.
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Vidar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 01:12 PM
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3. Thanks for all the information.
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 01:33 PM
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6. You hafta sneer when the NY Times describes the elected President's return to his own country
as "sneaking" back into Honduras! God love 'em.

Thank you, struggle4progress, for this outstanding grouping of articles on Zelaya's return to his homeland. to reclaim, through great adversity, his people-elected, supported Presidency before the coming elections.
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Devil Child Donating Member (11 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 01:44 PM
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7. I hope this is resolved peacefully
but with snipers and troops ringing the embassy I think the illegitimate Micheletti admin is itching for violence.
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rabs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 02:00 PM
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9. Golpista supreme court judges studying Geneva Convention
Edited on Tue Sep-22-09 02:02 PM by rabs


to find a way to violate Brazilian diplomatic sanctuary and take Zelaya out.

Goriletti police and troops blocking any food and water from entering embassy. Electricity was cut last night.

You can hear minute-by-minute developments (in Spanish) here:

http://www.radioglobohonduras.com /

And welcome to DU.













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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 02:01 PM
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10. They've cut off the electricity and aren't allowing food or water in.
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Devil Child Donating Member (11 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 02:16 PM
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14. definitely an escalating move on the govt's part
I hope the Brazilian embassy has a well trained defense force on hand like the Marines at the US embassies throughout the world. The Honduran govt seemes determined to piss off everyone in the region and make further pariahs of themselves.
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rabs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 02:34 PM
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16. Brazilian embassies do not have defense forces like Marines


who guard U.S. embassies around the world. The Brazilians might have a couple of security guards but that's about it.

The reason is simple: Brazil has no enemies and as far as I know, no Brazilian embassy has ever been attacked anywhere.

But this situation the golpistas are hatching in Tegu could be the exception.
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Devil Child Donating Member (11 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 04:13 PM
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21. Thanks for the info and the welcome rabs....n/t
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Poll_Blind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 02:25 PM
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15. Very, very bad move. Micheletti should start practicing the steps to the rope-dance. n/t
PB
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Festivito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 01:53 PM
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8. Angering Brazil now would be like angering America in say 1941.
I'm thinking there will be world support for action taken against Honduras. They've stepped into it now, their feet are feeling gushy.
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rabs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 05:33 PM
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27. You are right on the mark in the golpistas angering Brazil



because the big boy in what used to be the U.S. "backyard" is now Brazil and Lula da Silva.

Hillary/Obama have been shunted to the sidelines. Chomsky recently said that the bushista-era neglect of Latin America for eight years was "the best thing that could have happened to the region."

During that time, a "pink tide" swept over the region and cannot be reversed.
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roody Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 08:17 PM
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37. There is, but I see that Obama has not met with Zelaya.
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bread_and_roses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 02:07 PM
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11. and can the people we sweated blood to bring to power say ANYTHING that isn't vapid and banal?
not that I've heard - clip of Hillary on Democracy Now earlier: "it's important that both sides communicate" or some such trite mean-nothingness. Hey, Hillary - Hey Obama - ONE of these "sides" forced a COUP against a Democratically elected President, no?
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 02:11 PM
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12. And if I'm not mistaken, this very day Honduran military is training at SOA. n/t
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blindpig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 02:11 PM
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13. Well done,
k&r
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cal04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 03:42 PM
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17. US pledges to help besieged Brazil embassy in Honduras
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090922/pl_afp/honduraspol...

The United States pledged Tuesday to do whatever it can to help Brazil's embassy in Honduras, which was surrounded by soldiers and had its lights, water and phone lines cut off after deposed President Manuel Zelaya took refuge there.

"Our embassy in Tegucigalpa is in contact with their counterparts in the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa and we're discussing what kind of assistance that we can provide to help them during this crisis," said State Department spokesman Ian Kelly.

"It's a very sensitive situation there on the ground, and I don't want to get into the details of what kind of assistance we're discussing."

Honduran soldiers earlier dispersed thousands of protesters who had camped out overnight outside the embassy to protect the man they see as the country's rightful leader, but who was deposed in a military-backed coup in June.
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 04:02 PM
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18. Hope they can help substantially. Thanks for the update, cal04. n/t
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rabs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 04:03 PM
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19. How about sending a few Marines
Edited on Tue Sep-22-09 04:08 PM by rabs


Kelly: "It's a very sensitive situation there on the ground, and I don't want to get into the details of what kind of assistance we're discussing."

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The U.S. Embassy is just down the street from the Brazilian Embassy. Put a few Marines in the Braz. embassy and the golpistas would not dare. There are probably some Marines at the Soto Cano base too.

(edit to correct name of base)
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anonymous171 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 04:13 PM
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20. Place them there to "monitor the situation"
Good idea.
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 04:50 PM
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22. US urges calm in Honduras, respect for Brazil Embassy (Reuters)
... "We stress the importance of respecting the inviolability of the Embassy of Brazil in Tegucigalpa and the individuals on its premises," Kelly said. "Respect and protection for the inviolability of diplomatic premises is a universally accepted principle of international relations," he said ... http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSN223579...
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 05:10 PM
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23. Photos:


Tue Sep 22, 4:20 PM ET .

A supporter of ousted Honduran President, Manuel Zelaya, kicks a tear gas canister launced by riot squad agents and members of Honduran army trying to drive them away from the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa. The United States pledged Tuesday to do whatever it can to help Brazil's embassy in Honduras.
(AFP/Jose Cabezas)



Honduras' ousted President Manuel Zelaya sleeps inside the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa September 22, 2009. Zelaya ended almost three months of exile by sneaking back into Honduras on Monday, seeking refuge at the Brazilian embassy to avoid being arrested.
REUTERS/Edgard Garrido (HONDURAS POLITICS IMAGES OF THE DAY)



A riot squad agent shoots tear gas at supporters of ousted Honduran President, Manuel Zelaya, in an effort to drive them away from the surroundings of the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa. Honduran soldiers surrounded Tuesday the Brazilian embassy where Zelaya is holed up to avoid arrest, after using tear gas to drive away thousands of his supporters.
(AFP/Jose Cabezas)



A riot police officer walks in front of the Brazilian embassy where Honduras' ousted President Manuel Zelaya has taken refuge in Tegucigalpa, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009. Honduras' airports and borders were closed Tuesday, while baton-wielding police fired tear gas to chase thousands of demonstrators away from the embassy where Zelaya is holed up to avoid arrest. The graffiti on the wall reads in Spanish 'The time of your death has arrived, you miserable coup makers'.
(AP Photo/Esteban Felix)



Soldiers walk after dispersing supporters of ousted Honduras President Manuel Zelaya, outside the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa September 22, 2009.
REUTERS/Edgard Garrido



Supporters of Honduras' ousted President Manuel Zelaya rest in the Brazil's embassy in Tegucigalpa, Tuesday, Sept 22, 2009. Police fired tear gas at thousands of demonstrators Tuesday morning, chasing them away from the Brazilian embassy where their deposed president who snuck back into the country remains holed up, avoiding threatened arrest.
(AP Photo/Esteban Felix)



Tue Sep 22, 12:30 PM ET .
Supporters of Honduras' ousted President Manuel Zelaya rest inside of the Brazil embassy in Tegucigalpa, Tuesday, Sept 22, 2009. Police fired tear gas at thousands of demonstrators Tuesday morning, chasing them away from the Brazilian embassy where their deposed president who snuck back into the country remains holed up, avoiding threatened arrest.
(AP Photo/Esteban Felix)



A supporter of Honduras' ousted President Manuel Zelaya throws a stone during clashes with riot police outside the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009. Police fired tear gas at thousands of demonstrators Tuesday morning, chasing them away from the Brazilian embassy where their deposed president who snuck back into the country remains holed up, avoiding threatened arrest.
(AP Photo/Fernando Antonio)



Supporters of Manuel Zelaya cover their ears after Honduran soldiers set up a loudspeaker that emitted a shrill sound to disperse people from the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa. Honduran soldiers have surrounded the Brazilian embassy where deposed president Manuel Zelaya is holed up seeking reinstatement, using tear gas to drive off thousands of his supporters.
(AFP/Orlando Sierra)



Honduran soldiers surround the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa. Honduran soldiers have surrounded the Brazilian embassy where deposed president Manuel Zelaya is holed up seeking reinstatement, using tear gas to drive off thousands of his supporters.
(AFP/Orlando Sierra)



Soldiers stand guard after the dispersal of supporters of ousted Honduras President Manuel Zelaya, outside the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa September 22, 2009. Honduran police dispersed hundreds of supporters on Tuesday outside the Brazilian embassy where ousted President Manuel Zelaya took refuge after sneaking back into the country in a bid to return to power.
REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas (HONDURAS POLITICS CONFLICT)



Supporter of Honduras' ousted President Manuel Zelaya run for cover during clashes with riot police in front of the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa, Tuesday, Sept 22, 2009. Police fired tear gas at thousands of demonstrators Tuesday morning, chasing them away from the Brazilian embassy where their deposed president who snuck back into the country remains holed up, avoiding threatened arrest.
(AP Photo/Esteban Felix)



Police uses water canons against supporters of Honduras' ousted President Manuel Zelaya during clashes near the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa, Tuesday, Sept 22, 2009. Baton-wielding police fired tear gas at thousands of demonstrators Tuesday morning, chasing them away from the Brazilian embassy where their deposed president who snuck back into the country remains holed up, avoiding threatened arrest.
(AP Photo/Fernando Antonio)



Police officers push a police car burned during clashes with supporters of Honduras' ousted President Manuel Zelaya near the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009. Baton-wielding police fired tear gas at thousands of demonstrators Tuesday morning, chasing them away from the Brazilian embassy where their deposed president who snuck back into the country remains holed up, avoiding threatened arrest.
(AP Photo/Fernando Antonio)



A soldiers points a speaker towards supporters of Honduras' ousted President Manuel Zelaya after clashes outside the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009. Baton-wielding police fired tear gas at thousands of demonstrators Tuesday morning, chasing them away from the Brazilian embassy where their deposed president who snuck back into the country remains holed up, avoiding threatened arrest.
(AP Photo/Esteban Felix)



A supporter of Honduras' ousted President Manuel Zelaya looks at soldiers walking in front of the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa, after Zelaya supporters clashed with riot police Tuesday, Sept 22, 2009. Baton-wielding police fired tear gas at thousands of demonstrators Tuesday morning, chasing them away from the Brazilian embassy where their deposed president who snuck back into the country remains holed up, avoiding threatened arrest.
(AP Photo/Esteban Felix)



Honduras' ousted President Manuel Zelaya speaks on a cell phone next to his wife Xiomara Castro de Zelaya, front, at the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009. Just one day since the daring return of deposed President Manuel Zelaya, the interim leaders who overthrew him again struck back at Hondurans who have challenged their rule since their June 28 coup.
(AP Photo/Esteban Felix)



Supporters of ousted Honduras President Manuel Zelaya cover their faces as they react to the tear gas fired upon them by police, inside the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa September 22, 2009. Honduran police dispersed hundreds of supporters on Tuesday outside the Brazilian embassy where ousted President Manuel Zelaya took refuge after sneaking back into the country in a bid to return to power. A Reuters photographer at the embassy said police fired tear gas at the protesters and at least two tear gas canisters landed inside the embassy compound. Zelaya remained inside the embassy and accused police of preparing an attack.
REUTERS/Edgard Garrido (HONDURAS POLITICS CONFLICT)



Supporters of ousted Honduras President Manuel Zelaya are seen on a roof outside the Brazilian embassy after police fired tear gas, in Tegucigalpa September 22, 2009. Honduran police dispersed hundreds of supporters on Tuesday outside the Brazilian embassy where ousted President Manuel Zelaya took refuge after sneaking back into the country in a bid to return to power. A Reuters photographer at the embassy said police fired tear gas at the protesters and at least two tear gas canisters landed inside the embassy compound. Zelaya remained inside the embassy and accused police of preparing an attack.
REUTERS/Edgard Garrido (HONDURAS POLITICS CONFLICT IMAGES OF THE DAY)



Tue Sep 22, 9:17 AM ET .
A supporter of Honduras' ousted President Manuel Zelaya clashes with riot police in front of Brazil embassy in Tegucigalpa, Tuesday, Sept 22, 2009.
(AP Photo/Esteban Felix)



Tue Sep 22, 9:10 AM ET .
A supporter of Honduras' ousted President Manuel Zelaya runs during clash with riot police in front of Brazil embassy in Tegucigalpa, Tuesday, Sept 22, 2009.
(AP Photo/Esteban Felix)



Supporters of Manuel Zelaya celebrate his return to Tegucigalpa. Zelaya made a surprise return home in a dramatic twist to the country's crisis on the eve of a meeting of world leaders in New York.
(AFP/Orlando Sierra)



Supporters of Honduras' ousted President Manuel Zelaya remain outside the Brazilian embassy in Honduras, in support of him, September 21,2009. Honduras was deep in crisis after Zelaya's surprise return to the Central American country raised the specter of violent street protests and a diplomatic fight with Brazil. Zelaya, a leftist, sneaked back into the country on Monday and took refuge in the Brazilian embassy to avoid arrest, almost three months after he was toppled in a coup.
REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas (HONDURAS POLITICS CONFLICT)



Supporters of Honduras' ousted President Manuel Zelaya sit outside the Brazilian embassy in Honduras in support of him September 21, 2009. Honduras was deep in crisis after Zelaya's surprise return to the Central American country raised the specter of violent street protests and a diplomatic fight with Brazil. The sign reads "No Parking Brazilian Embassy.
" REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas (HONDURAS POLITICS CONFLICT)



Honduras' ousted President Manuel Zelaya speak during a interview with local media inside Brazil's embassy in Tegucigalpa, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009. Zelaya said he returned to Honduras Monday to reclaim his presidency, defying threats of arrest and rallying supporters.
(AP Photo/Esteban Felix)



A supporter of Honduras' ousted President Manuel Zelaya shouts slogans outside the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa September 21, 2009. Honduras was deep in crisis after Zelaya's surprise return to the Central American country raised the specter of violent street protests and a diplomatic fight with Brazil. Zelaya, a leftist, sneaked back into the country on Monday and took refuge in the Brazilian embassy to avoid arrest, almost three months after he was toppled in a coup.
REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas (HONDURAS POLITICS CONFLICT)

(He has wrapped himself in the flag!



Supporters of ousted President Manuel Zelaya welcome him outside the embassy of Brazil in Tegucigalpa September 21, 2009.
REUTERS/Edgard Garrido



Honduras' ousted President Manuel Zelaya, left, and his daughter Hortensia gesture to supporters from inside Brazil's embassy in Tegucigalpa, Monday, Sept. 21, 2009. Zelaya said he returned to Honduras Monday to reclaim his presidency, defying threats of arrest and summoning supporters.
(AP Photo/Fernando Antonio)



Supporters of Honduras' ousted President Manuel Zelaya gather as he arrives, outside the embassy of Brazil in Tegucigalpa September 21, 2009. Zelaya has taken refuge inside the embassy in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa, Telesur television network reported on Monday.
REUTERS/Edgard Garrido (HONDURAS CONFLICT POLITICS)



Supporters of Honduras' ousted President Manuel Zelaya wave as he arrives, outside the embassy of Brazil in Tegucigalpa September 21, 2009. Zelaya has taken refuge inside the embassy in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa, Telesur television network reported on Monday.
REUTERS/Edgard Garrido (HONDURAS POLITICS CONFLICT)



Honduras' ousted President Manuel Zelaya waves the Honduran flag inside the Brazilian embassy after his arrival in Tegucigalpa September 21, 2009. Zelaya sneaked back into Honduras on Monday almost three months after he was toppled in a coup, and took refuge in the Brazilian embassy to avoid arrest by the de facto government.
REUTERS/Edgard Garrido (HONDURAS POLITICS)



nter]Xiomara Castro de Zelaya wife of Honduras' ousted President Manuel Zelaya, reacts during a mass to celebrate his husband's birthday in Tegucigalpa, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009. The girl is the couple's granddaughter, Irena Melara.
(AP Photo/Esteban Felix)



An employee of Honduras' Telecommunications Council, CONATEL, second left, confronts supporters of ousted Honduras' President Manuel Zelaya after inspecting the headquarters of Channel 11, a local television station in Tegucigalpa, Friday, Sept. 18, 2009. Zelaya's supporters threw water and scuffled with CONATEL employees after an inspection they said is part of a plan to close the channel.
(AP Photo/Esteban Felix)



A policeman talks to a soldier near a rally in support of Honduras' ousted President Manuel Zelaya in Tegucigalpa September 17, 2009. The graffiti on the reads: "Come back Mel now", with reference to Zelaya.
REUTERS/Edgard Garrido (HONDURAS POLITICS CONFLICT)
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 05:12 PM
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24. More similar images, Yahoo news:
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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 11:15 PM
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42. !
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rabs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 05:25 PM
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25. Golpista government just said no plans to invade Brazilian Embassy

but she gave a veiled ultimatum to Brazil; either turn over Zelaya to be tried in Honduras or to grant him political asylum and take him out of the country.

She was speaking on a mandatory, nationwide radio and TV hookup couple of minutes ago. Said golpista government was "open to dialogue" which is a 180-degree turn from previous statements.
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 05:32 PM
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26. Here's something from Micheletti on dialogue:
Honduras' de facto president announces dialogue commission to surpass crisis
2009-09-23 06:16:29

TEGUCIGALPA, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) - De facto Honduran president Roberto Micheletti announced Tuesday that he is ready to make a work team to begin a dialogue aimed to finish with the crisis in the country.

Micheletti said the work team will include sectors of the Honduran civil society and impartial foreign diplomats.

"I make a call to the entire world: We are ready to dialogue," Micheletti told reporters after a meeting with businessmen.

"We will set the commission without the people who formed them before," Micheletti added.

Micheletti said that on Tuesday noon he would announce the names of the people to be part of the new commission.

Micheletti said he expects the participation of "serious and responsible organization with which he had not had ties before."

Micheletti requested the participation of "someone impartial from United Nations to come to listen the position of the Honduran people."

More:
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-09/23/content_12...
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rabs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 06:45 PM
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28. BREAKING: Brazil and U.S. request emergency Security Council meeting



Globo reporting that U.S. and Brazil plan to convene emergency meeting in the next few hours. Fears expressed over Zelaya's physical integrity.

Globo saying U.S. government also would consider an attack on Brazilian Embassy an attack on U.S.

Things getting red hot now.

(Spanish)

http://www.radioglobohonduras.com /

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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 06:49 PM
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29. Thanks goodness. Someone at State woke the ef up. nt
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rabs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 06:52 PM
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30. Confirmation from Brazil


from Jornal do Brasil, self explanatory (see how easy Portuguese is !!

Brasil pede reunio de emergncia da ONU para discutir Honduras

Walter Brandimarte, REUTERS


BRASLIA - O Brasil disse nesta tera-feira estar pedindo uma reunio de emergncia do Conselho de Segurana da Organizao das Naes Unidas para discutir a crise em Honduras aps o retorno ao pas do presidente deposto, Manuel Zelaya.

Em carta aos membros do Conselho, o Brasil se disse preocupado "com a segurana do presidente Zelaya e com a segurana e integridade fsica das instalaes da embaixada (brasileira) e funcionrios".



19:21 - 22/09/2009
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 06:54 PM
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31. Yes. My ex was from Brasil.
:)
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AngryAmish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 08:41 PM
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39. My ex had a Brazilian
But that is too much information...
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Ghost Dog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 08:04 PM
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35. Good.
Presumably the US will not veto this one this time...

'Though we shouldn't hope for too much.
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sicksicksick_N_tired Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 07:10 PM
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32. I just do not understand how this was allowed to happen in the first place.
I just do NOT understand why a military coup was allowed to take place. Who ARE the members of that coup?
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 07:44 PM
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33. It's Johnny Negroponte's boys. He handled local arrangements in Honduras for Reagan's
thugs in Central America, and it seems he spent his time as DNI jumpstarting the old gang
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bread_and_roses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 07:52 PM
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34. now, now, don't fret - I'm sure our current Dems will issue some well-worn pap
...about how we all have to sing kumbayah together with the torturers while investigating all serious malfeasance like ACORN! And THAT should settle it!
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Ghost Dog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 08:16 PM
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36. The best, live, wide-ranging source of coverage right now
Edited on Tue Sep-22-09 08:18 PM by Ghost Dog
is Telesur: http://www.telesurtv.net/noticias/canal/senalenvivo.php

Interviewing Zelaya right now.

Edit: In Spanish, como no.
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AngryAmish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 08:40 PM
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38. George Bush holds his head in his hands and asks...
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IndianaGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 09:25 PM
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40. It was Obama's ambassador to Honduras that conspired with coup plotters
The ambassador is a rightwing Cuban-American. How's that for bipartisanship!
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Nihil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-23-09 06:24 AM
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44. K & R (n/t)
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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 11:09 PM
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41. k&r n/t
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New Dawn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 11:24 PM
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43. K&R - down with the fascist military dictatorship!
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