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Exiled Honduras president camps out on border

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Exiled Honduras president camps out on border


Day two of the stand-off on the Honduras border. Deposed president, Manuel Zelaya told supporters he would set up camp on the Nicaraguan side, to put pressure on the coup leaders who threw him out of his own country last month.

He also complained that his wife and family were still in Honduras and were prevented from travelling by the government which replaced him. Tensions are mounting in the Central American country as divisions widen between Zelaya’s supporters – mainly Hondura’s poor – and the interim administration. So far there has been little violence but the body of a young man was found in El Paraiso close to where the military broke up protests on Friday. Road blocks have been set up to prevent Zelaya supporters from getting to the border – he’s been told if he sets foot in the country he’ll be arrested. Zelaya was forcibly removed from office after he vowed to change the constitution and extend his term in office. His symbolic gesture yesterday of stepping across the border for a few minutes, was criticised by the US which has warned Zelaya against trying to return without a political deal in place.

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