For a second day deposed president Manuel Zelaya went back to the Honduran border to protest his exile.
Despite calls to avoid confrontation and his most powerful ally – the United States – calling his actions ‘reckless’ Zelaya said that Washington was not adequately informed about what he called the new government’s repressive regime. The ousted leader said he was staying put and would set up camp on the Nicaraguan side of the border to keep up pressure on the coup leaders who threw him out last month. Zelaya went to the border on Friday. So far there’s been little violence but at El Paraiso close by the body of a young man was found. He is said to be a Zelaya supporter but the circumstances of his death are not clear. Once again police and troops blocked routes to the border to prevent Zelaya supporters from getting there. Meanwhile a US congressional delegation arrived in Honduras on a fact-finding mission. Led by Florida Republican Connie Mack they are meeting leaders and officials to discuss the ongoing crisis. He is among a number of US conservatives who feel Zelaya’s expulsion was a legitimate move by the Honduran congress.