Sunday, July 5, 2009

BREAKING: Ousted Honduran leader's plane due to land

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (CNN) -- Honduran troops used tear gas and fired shots into the air to hold back protesters at Tegucigalpa's airport Sunday evening ahead of an attempted return by deposed President Jose Manuel Zelaya, injuring at least one person, protest organizers said.

Soldiers lined barricades surrounding the airport in expectation of confrontations between Zelaya and his supporters and the provisional government that has vowed to keep him from coming back from a weeklong exile.

Zelaya was en route to Tegucigalpa on Sunday evening, and several thousand supporters gathered outside the airport in expectation of his arrival. But Civil Aviation Director Alfredo San Martin said in a radio address that the ousted leader's flight would be barred from landing in Honduras and diverted to El Salvador.

At a news conference, provisional President Roberto Micheletti said Zelaya's return could create unrest in a country that has seen demonstrators for both sides in the streets since the June 28 military-led coup that sent Zelaya into exile.

"I don't want a single drop of blood to be spilled in Honduras," Micheletti said.

At the same moment, speaking from aboard a small jet that was transporting him from Washington to the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa, Zelaya told Telesur TV that he intended to land in his native country.

"I am the commander in chief of the armed forces elected by the people, and I ask the armed forces to comply with this order to open up the airport and avoid any problems with the landing," Zelaya said.

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Anonymous said...

I lived in the Honduras for 8 years and left as it became apparent that mel was following Chavez and had intentions of becoming president for life
This may be the reason he was deposed
I currently have 4 people from the Honduras camping in my house, they ran just before this trouble started as they were afriad of the future there the way things were going. They are not protesting

Anonymous said...

does nobody see what that Zelaya guy intents to do. he wants to cause caos and riots to destabalize the country... UN and US should think over their position about what they call a coup d'etat!

ShutterSparks / KW2P said...

Indeed, I've looked up various definitions of a coup and what happened in Honduras does not fit any of those definitions.

But a new "truth" can be manufactured by simply repeating the word "coup" 10,000 times in the media and, like magic, it becomes the truth. Governments pull this trick all the time.

Anonymous said...

I don't know if you've already seen this - it has been posted in some blogs:

ShutterSparks / KW2P said...

Oh yeah. I was following this for days before the ouster happened and was writing my opinions starting the hour that it happened, but posted in other places, not here. I try to keep my opinions out of this blog and just report news. I put my opinions elsewhere but others are welcome to opinionate.

But on the morning it happened, it seemed like I was the only one on Twitter that was puzzled at why it was being called a coup. It seems I am still far in the minority with my opinion, but that's nothing new either.

Ivette said...

I can´t believe how the whole world seems to be buying into the act put up by Mel Zelaya. Perhaps he is a better actor that he is as president. I can´t believe how he´s got everyone eating out of his hand. Can´t anyone see the truth. Just come to Honduras, look at wht his followers have done to Tegucigalpa and other major cities. They have destroyed, vandalized and created caos and violence!!!! this is what the worl wants us to take back!!! NO WAY!!!!

Anonymous said...

I am a German living here in Honduras and I think I'm quite neutral. Actually I am more of a lefty guy, I even supported Chaves not to long ago. But seeing what really happened here and how they turn it around in media and politics is just disgusting (apart from dangerous for the Honduran people). My favourite example is Hitler - who (like Mel Zelaya) was elected democratically: what could have been avoided if they had deposed him by the time he started violating the constitution..?

ShutterSparks / KW2P said...

One thing that I find interesting about Zelaya is his apparent total misjudgment of the Honduran Army. Several times now, and again today, he expected the military to take up his cause and follow his orders, but the military won't do it.

This tells me that at the very least, Zelaya must be way out of touch with the people he commands (or used to command), a poor judge of people, and not aware of the reality around him. This does not give me much confidence in his ability to lead the country. This is not the mark of a good manager. I'm not impressed.

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