Honduras: Police Repress Protesters in Front of the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa

The Honduran police began, on Tuesday morning, repressive actions against the hundreds of people who have gathered around the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa, where the legitimate president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, resides, having made a surprise return to his country on Monday.

Adriana Sívori, TeleSUR correspondent in Honduras, said that the military forces are located in the vicinity of the embassy to execute the order to clear the area.

She added that about 25 men have surrounded the area and that several injuries and arrests have been reported so far.

The actions began at 05:30 local time (10:30 GMT), according to Zelaya himself, who is still inside the embassy.

The repression is done during a curfew imposed by the de facto government led by Roberto Micheletti, which began at 16:00 local time (22:00 GMT) on Monday and is to last till 18:00 local time (00.00 GMT) on Tuesday.

The police action is also accompanied by the closure of the four international airports of Honduras following the return of Zelaya, the measure taken to prevent the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, from entering the nation.

In fact, the OAS Secretary General postponed the planned trip to this Central American country due to that decision by the facto government.

Manuel Zelaya returned to Tegucigalpa on Monday after 86 days since the coup that deposed him in June.

Zelaya remains in the Embassy of Brazil.  Meanwhile, the conditions for dialogue with the illegitimate representatives to effect his return to power are being created.

The original article “Policía reprime a manifestantes al frente de la embajada brasileña en Tegucigalpa” was published by TeleSur on 22 September 2009.  Translation by Yoshie Furuhashi (@yoshiefuruhashi | yoshie.furuhashi [at] gmail.com).