In Honduras, protestors supporting the ousted President Manuel Zelaya have once more taken to the streets to demand his return.
The army was on hand, aware that clashes between demonstrators and police earlier this week led to tear gas being fired near the Presidential palace in the capital, Tegucigalpa. The interim government has defied international pressure and refused to allow Zelaya to return to office. Interim President Roberto Micheletti said Zelaya had been removed via a legal process backed by the Supreme Court. Zelaya has abandoned plans to return to Honduras today and now says he does not expect to return before the weekend. No common attitude has been adopted by the EU so far, although individual countries like France have recalled their ambassadors: “In line with other European countries, the minister has decided to call us back to France for consultation. By doing that we are sending a firm message to Honduras that we will wait for the return of constitutional order.” said Laurent Dominati, the French Ambassador to Honduras. The Inter-American Development Bank says it has frozen all new loans until democracy is restored. The Organisation of American States has also threatened Honduras with expulsion if Zelaya is not reinstated.