The exiled president of Honduras has slipped back into the country, nearly three months after the coup that ousted him.
Manuel Zelaya is being housed at the Brazilian embassy but the de facto Honduran government has urged Brazil to hand him over for arrest. Zelaya telephoned one of his closest allies, Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, to describe how he had managed to reach Honduras from his exile base in Nicaragua. Meanwhile, Honduras’s interim president Roberto Micheletti appeared on national television to tell his supporters that Zelaya’s return changed nothing. Micheletti said: “Why has he come back to Honduras now? Only he knows, but I can’t help but reach the conclusion that he is here to disrupt our upcoming elections on November 29.” The interim government also imposed a curfew on the streets of the capital Tegucigalpa. That curfew has been extended to Tuesday evening but hundreds of Zelaya’s supporters defied the ban and gathered outside the Brazilian embassy. There are now fears that protests may turn violent. The interim government has said Brazil would be responsible for any unrest in or near its embassy.