President Zelaya Returns to Honduras, Supporters Defy Curfew

Excerpted from the Associated Press:

Deposed President Manuel Zelaya made a dramatic return to Honduras’ capital on Monday, taking shelter from arrest at Brazil’s embassy and calling for negotiations with the leaders who forced him from the country at gunpoint.

The interim government ordered a 15-hour curfew, but thousands of Zelaya supporters ignored the decreed 4 p.m. (2200 GMT) shutdown and remained outside the embassy, dancing and cheering.

Others in the capital started rushing home, lining up at bus stands and frantically looking for taxis.

The leftist leader’s homecoming creates a sharp new challenge for the interim government that has threatened repeatedly to throw him in jail if he returns.

Chants of "Yes we could! Yes we could!" bellowed from the crowd.

Zelaya told The Associated Press that he was trying to establish contact with the interim government to start negotiations on a solution to the standoff that started when he soldiers who flew him out of the country on June 28.

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Excerpted from the BBC News:

Honduran authorities have imposed a curfew after the dramatic return of ousted President Manuel Zelaya.

Mr Zelaya has sought refuge inside the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa and hundreds of his supporters have gathered outside.

He said he had crossed mountains and rivers to return to the capital, where he said he was seeking dialogue.

In a televised address, interim leader Roberto Micheletti demanded that Brazil hand over Mr Zelaya to stand trial.

Mr Micheletti said Brazil would be held responsible for any violence.

"A call to the government of Brazil: respect the judicial order against Mr Zelaya and turn him into Honduran authorities," he said.

"The eyes of the world are on Brazil and Honduras."

Mr Zelaya’s return took officials by surprise, with Mr Micheletti at first denying the deposed leader was in the country.

… Speaking to the BBC from inside the Brazilian embassy, Mr Zelaya said he had received support from various quarters in order to return.

"[We travelled] for more than 15 hours… through rivers and mountains until we reached the capital of Honduras," he said.

"We overtook military and police obstacles, all those on the highways here, because this country has been kidnapped by the military forces."

He said he was consulting with sectors of Honduran society and the international community in order "to start the dialogue for the reconstruction of the Honduran democracy".

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