Saturday, 10 October 2009

Honduran police clash with Zelaya's followers, as negotiations go on

Honduran police clash with Zelaya's followers, as negotiations go on

TEGUCIGALPA, Oct. 9 (Xinhua - Police and soldiers clashed with supporters of ousted president Manuel Zelaya Friday during in Honduran capital Tegucigalpa, where Zelaya's representatives are talking with that of de facto President Roberto Micheletti in a bid to find a solution to the country's crisis after the June 28 coup.

Tear gas and water canons were fired to disperse followers of Zelaya, who gathered outside the Intercontinental Hotel in the northeast of Tegucigalpa, where the negotiations have been going on since Wednesday, thanks to the intervention of the Organization of American States (OAS).

"We are against this (the repression). What a barbarity! I do not know who they say they want to dialogue and they are beaten us up," a Zelaya's follower told local radio station Radio Globo.

"They beat us up, but who said is afraid?" many women shouted during the clash.

A group of human rights officials from the Committee of Relatives of the Detainees and Missing people arrived at the site.Zelaya, whose term ends in January 2010, was ousted in the June28 coup. He popped up in Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa on Sept.21, after failed attempts earlier to return from exile.

Zelaya's delegation has proposed to reach a solution before Oct.15, by restoring him as Constitutional president of Honduras.