Zelaya urges supporters to defy curfew and march over Tegucigalpa
The ousted president, now refugee in the Brazilian Embassy in Honduras, called this morning to the “national community, businessmen, peasants to come (to the embassy) with the aim of forcing the dictatorship to start talks to solve country problems . “
“They are with the weapons and we are with the will, with an open heart to find solutions,” Zelaya reiterated from the Brazilian embassy, in a telephone interview with television network Telesur.
The deposed president called on the armed forces and police, who surrounded the embassy this morning “to stop repressing people.”
Meanwhile, police chief Orlin Cerrato, in charge of security in the Honduran capital, warned people “to stay at home and abide by the restrictions…”
Tension grew this morning when a large group of soldiers surrounded the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa, where the deposed president is lodged, and forced protesters to retreat.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says calm and dialogue must prevail with the surprise return of ousted President Manuel Zelaya to Honduras.
President Lula da Silva unveiled last night the political reasons that led Brazil to “host” President Zelaya. In New York, in a speech broadcast by Brazilian news channel Globo News, he said: “We can not accept any more military coups.”
And he called the United States to act together to preserve democracy in the region: “I think the position of the United States and Brazil is important because it strengthens democracy in our continent,” he said.