October 5, 2009
Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya Speaks from the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa
The deposed Honduran President Manuel Zelaya remains within the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa, where he has been staying, surrounded by soldiers and riot police, since returning to his country two weeks ago. It has been nearly 100 days since President Zelaya was ousted by the Honduran military. On Friday, the Organization of American States told reporters that representatives of the deposed president and the coup government led by Roberto Micheletti will likely begin talks this week. Micheletti reportedly said he would meet with his cabinet today to consider lifting an emergency decree limiting civil liberties. [includes rush transcript]
Zelaya supporters ‘jailed for demonstrating’ – 05 Oct 09
October 05, 2009
Hondurans loyal to the country’s deposed president have faced severe restrictions on freedom of assembly, speech and movement since the country’s de facto leaders imposed an emergency order which they said was aimed at preventing the political crisis in the country from deepening.
Two media stations loyal to Manuel Zelaya, the country’s ousted leader, were shut down just hours after the decree was imposed last week. Police also moved to break-up pro-Zelaya demonstrations in Tegucigalpa, the Honduran capital.
Scores of Zelaya supporters were arrested by security forces at the height of the crackdown, with many transferred to high-security
jails. Monica Villamizar visited the largest women’s prison in Honduras to see how the inmates were faring.