The Honduran army has reinforced its hold on the Presidential Palace in the wake of the coup. Pro-Zelaya crowds set up barricades and blocked streets around the palace as they denounced the army’s actions, hurling abuse at soldiers beyond the fence.Ousted President Zelaya had been due to meet left-wing allies at a regional summit in Nicaragua. They expressed their outrage and promised action. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said: “This barbarity threatens to take us back to those times, which should be dead and buried, when armed coups were common in this part of the world.” Chavez is well-known for his strident anti-American rhetoric, and also demanded to know if Washington had played a role in the coup. The White House denied any involvement.