News that the ousted President of Honduras plans to fly home tomorrow has drawn thousands onto the streets of the capital Tegucigalpa.
Their protest took the form of chants against the return of Manuel Zelaya, who they say wants to follow Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’ socialist model. Acting President Roberto Micheletti says it proves support for the interim government is strong: “This shows that no man or woman who becomes President of the Republic can then think they are above the law.” Manuel Zelaya was ousted by a coup on Sunday, prompted by his attempt to extend the Presidential mandate beyond four years. On Tuesday he told the UN General Assembly of his plans to return: “The President of the Assembly says he is going with me on the plane. The President of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, said she would accompany me on the aircraft. The Secretary General of the Organisation of American states will be with me. So we are all united in this struggle.” Tegucigalpa was calmer yesterday, despite the protests on its main streets. The interim government has warned Zelaya he faces immediate arrest if he returns to the Central American country.