Honduran President Says He Will Cross The Border And Return To Power

Honduran President Manuel Zelaya is in Nicaragua on Saturday, looking for ways to cross the border into his country despite threats by the de facto regime that he will be arrested the moment he sets foot on Honduran land.

El Salvador’s newspaper, La Prensa Grafica, reports that Zelaya showed up in a white Jeep wearing his cowboy hat and determined to cross.

“We can cross the border through El Salvador and Guatemala; on all sides we’re well organized!” Zelaya told a local radio station.

Zelaya was deposed from power on June 28, when military soldiers entered his mansion at dawn and forced him to leave the country at gun point. The international community rallied behind Zelaya and denounced the coup d’etat immediately. Several efforts to see that he returns to power have failed. Even Nobel Peace Prize winner — Oscar Arias, the President of Costa Rica — has spent the last three weeks mediating Zelaya’s return.

But the de facto government that has clenched to power, has staunchly refused to cooperate and allow Zelaya to return, even if he is only three months away from finishing his term.

Zelaya made an attempt to land on San Pedro Sula’s airport a week after he was removed from power. As the plane tried to land, the pilot was told that he needed to turn around because the military on the ground “had blocked the landing strip with tanks.”

Today’s attempt at returning may work, but his arrest is certain.

“We have helicopters that can land directly on San Pedro Sula, I also have planes ready. I have the people on my side,” he said on Saturday.

Hondurans that have protested on the streets of Tegucigalpa every day since Zelaya was overthrown have marched to meet him some 6 miles away from the crossing border. But according to reports, the military has forced the protesters to retreat by launching tear gas into the crowds.


5 Responses to Honduran President Says He Will Cross The Border And Return To Power

  1. -1 Vote -1 Vote +1honduran
    July 25, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Every time he syas this or attempts to come in he causes a greta pain to everyone in Honduras. We really only want peace and for Zelaya and Chavez to leave us alone. It is not mentioned above but the foreign minitsr of Venezuela was riding shot gun with Zelaya. We want democracy,not soemone who wants to stay in power for more time than our constitution allows.

  2. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Moises Molina
    July 25, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    How come everyone is interested in helping Honduras maintain democracy now? Where were all these well wishers while the country suffered through the worst president since the early 80’s? Zelaya wanted to hold on to power by doing away with the constitution. The constitution specifically prohibits the kind of referendum Zelaya was determined to effect. The congress and the Supreme Court ordered the armed forces to take Zelaya out. The interim president was chosen by congress until the scheduled elections happen. The people of Honduras are relieved he is gone. It would be good for the writer of this article to read the Honduran constitution. Please do not write out of ignorance.

    • Vote -1 Vote +1Juanita
      July 25, 2009 at 10:36 pm

      I think many of us were and are interested in democracy for Honduras. Unfortunately it is very difficult to believe that “the people” of Honduras feel a certain way or want a certain thing if the President’s attempt at an encuesta/survey of people’s feelings/wishes was circumvented by having the military haul him out of his house and expelling him from the country. If he was worst president than CLEARLY the people could vote for another one. The encuesta prior to a potential referendum do not constitute an attack on democracy, asking the people’s opinion IS democracy.

  3. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Norman Soto
    July 25, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    Brainfood and Molina in the previous replies are so clear and correct in understanding and voicing the woes that Honduras is going through because of Zelaya, Why can’t the rest of the world and particularly Obama and Clinton not respond to this critical condition imposed on Democracy

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