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Zelaya Puts Foot In Honduras, Runs

From a heart-broken Agence France-Pressee:

Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya speaks in Las Manos, a border post between Nicaragua and Honduras. Faced with international calls for restraint, Zelaya has retreated from the Honduran-Nicaraguan border after briefly setting foot into his country.

Ousted Honduran leader retreats after brief return

by Julia Rios

LAS MANOS, Nicaragua (AFP) – Faced with international calls for restraint, ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya has retreated from the Honduran-Nicaraguan border after briefly setting foot into his country.

Zelaya’s symbolic attempt to return home on Friday came almost a month after soldiers sent him into exile.

Clashes between anti-riot police firing tear gas and hundreds of Zelaya supporters, some wielding stones, erupted on the Honduran side of the border as the beleaguered leader arrived just meters away in Nicaragua.

Surrounded by a throng of supporters and media, Zelaya, wearing a leather waistcoat and his trademark cowboy hat, stepped into Honduras briefly before returning to Nicaragua.

He retreated further from the border area later in the day and was expected to spend the night in the Nicaraguan town of Ocotal.

During the crossing, Zelaya told a Honduran army official that he wanted to speak to the head of the army, General Romeo Vasquez…

In Honduras, soldiers blocked Zelaya’s wife from joining the ousted leader, Xiomara Castro de Zelaya told Telesur by telephone.

While international television broadcast Zelaya’s return, Honduran channels made no mention of it, instead showing regular programs.

By nightfall, supporters in Honduras were losing faith that Zelaya would enter the country as promised.

Several of the president’s humble supporters said they were exhausted after 10 days of talk about his return. Many had walked long distances to reach the border area.

Meanwhile, Honduran soldiers, many wearing ski masks, continued to reach the border area.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton criticized Zelaya’s move as "reckless," while the State Department said the president planned to travel to Washington on Tuesday for talks.

"President Zelaya’s effort to reach the border is reckless. It does not contribute to the broader effort to restore democracy and constitutional order in the Honduras crisis," Clinton said.

De facto Honduran president Roberto Micheletti termed the incursion "irresponsible" and extended curfew in the border area from 18 to 30 hours.

But the president of the United Nations General Assembly, Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann of Nicaragua, told Telesur that Zelaya’s return attempt was "correct and heroic."

D’Escoto also said that Zelaya should have extra days in office to make up for those he missed while in exile

What a courageous hombre.

But he couldn’t let down his “humble supporters.” Even in the face of those ski-mask wearing soldiers.

Of course Mr. Zelaya only turned tail after he heard the “international calls for restraint.”

Otherwise, he would have marched right to the capital and restored his dictatorship.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, July 25th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “Zelaya Puts Foot In Honduras, Runs”

  1. MinnesotaRush says:

    “President Zelaya’s effort to reach the border is reckless. It does not contribute to the broader effort to restore democracy and constitutional order in the Honduras crisis,” Clinton said.”

    Apparently the smartest woman in the world (and her boss) didn’t get the memo that the Hondurans DID follow their Constitution.

    This administration is just so appalling on so many fronts .. words fail me.

  2. proreason says:

    Hah! While you weren’t looking, I stuck a toe outside of the circle you drew on the ground and told me to stay in!!

    Take that Mr. Bossman!!!

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    (SIGH)

  4. Gladius et Scutum says:

    Some checking around the web (some in Spanish) reveals a few facts not reported by Euro-state media:
    1. Former President Zelaya was accompanied by Venezulan Foriegn Minister Nicholas Murado and former sorta – Contra leader Eden Pastora.
    2. The town of Las Manos sits on the Pan – American Highway, atop a huge mountain ridge that separates much of Honduras from Nicaragua, the way that the Sudetenland protected Czechoslovakia or the Caucus Mountains defended Georgia.
    3. The Democratic Organization of the Americas (UNOAmerica) has been claiming for three weeks that the town is full of Sandanista and Venezulan troops.(Chavez threatened military action at the end of June) The highway leads directly to the capitol, Tegucigalpa, about 60 miles away.
    4.(a) Zelaya’s supporters on the Honduran side had to walk a long way to get there, because the people in that area don’t hold with lefties (I’ve been there). 4 (b) Zelaya’s supporters on the Nicaraguan side couldn’t possibly have been a paid rent-a-mob? Could they?

    Of course since Obama’s adviser on Latin American Affairs is Bill Ayers, I doubt the US will do anything constructive. Watch TCO appoint a ‘special envoy’ (Chesa Boudin? ) to put Hillary back in her closet and bring about a ‘satisfactory’ resolution (marxist dictatorship).

  5. brainfood says:

    Castro’s scheme, implemented by Chavez, Morales, Correa, Zelaya, etc. works along these lines:

    1.   Select a wannabe dictator — a “charismatic” and depraved megalomaniac who is ready to sell out his country (like Chavez, Morales, Correa, Zelaya). Help him run for president of the country.

    2.   Invest millions in a “professional” campaign demonizing the opposition and promising CHANGE to help the poor, end corruption, improve schools… whatever people want to hear.

    3.   Commit as much fraud as possible to make sure the wannabe dictator wins.

    4.   Have “protectors of human rights” like Insulza (OAS) — who have really been trampling on human rights by promoting communism for years — declare that the elections were “legal and transparent.” Carter has also been used to do this dirty job.

    5.   Make sure that, once in power, the wannabe dictator takes over the Legislative and Judicial branches of power, destroys the country’s institutions, intimidates and controls the media, and demonizes, intimidates and even kills anyone trying to defend the country.

    6.   Have a referendum to approve a new constitution. Representatives of the people are supposed to write that constitution. In reality, people don’t even know what’s in the new constitution, which is written by Castro/Chavez’s agents before the wannabe dictator even “runs” for office.

    7.   Have Insulza (OAS) and others who pretend to “protect human rights” declare that the referendum is perfectly “legal and transparent.” .

    The goal of the new constitution is to help the wannabe dictator become a full-blown dictator for life (like Castro in Cuba), prevent people from defending themselves, and create a network of tyrants that protect each other.

  6. GetBackJack says:

    That border is unbelievably tough terrain. No way Zelaya gets through except on the roads, and all you have to do then is chase him back with my Barrett .50.

    It’s for reaching out and touching someone at 2,000 meters.

    :-)

  7. samuel says:

    Mel Zelaya is a Chavez puppet who wants power and control. He has more than doubled the debts of Honduras by stealing money from public bodies.There are more people against him than for him. The majority of the 500 people on the brder are paid by his him. MEL is not wnated by the mahjority of the country-Why can’t he see this or is he so blind. MEL= Mentiroso, Ex presedente, Ladron .(Lier, ex presedent and thief)

  8. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Clearly, if Obama was serious about doing the right thing, he’d put Hillary at the border. That’d scare him away for sure.


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