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Eduardo Verdugo/AP
Supporters of ousted
Honduras President Manuel Zelaya march toward the international airport
in Tegucigalpa, July 5, 2009.

Manuel Zelaya’s Possible Return Prompts New Curfew in Honduras

July 17, 2009 06:00 PM
by Anita Gutierrez-Folch
Worried about the possibility of Manuel Zelaya returning to Honduras and attempting to reclaim the government by force, president Micheletti has reinstated a preventive curfew in Honduras.

Zelaya Puts Up a Fight

Due to growing rumors that ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya might return to the country and attempt to reclaim the government forcefully, interim president Roberto Micheletti decided to reinstate a curfew, The Miami Herald Reports.

Supporters of Zelaya have held a series of demonstrations to express their disapproval of the military coup that removed their democratically elected president from power on June 28. In a statement quoted by The Associated Press, Micheletti explained that the curfew responded to "continuing and open threats by groups looking to provoke disturbances and disorder."
According to The Miami Herald, Zelaya has taken refuge in neighboring Nicaragua, where he has obtained the support of President Daniel Ortega. Zelaya tried to return to Honduras on July 5, but was prevented from landing at Tegucigalpa's international airport by an army blockade. Allan Fajardo, Zelaya's presidential advisor, declared that Zelaya is determined to return to Honduras. "He will try to return by parachute, boat or plane—any way he can get there," Fajardo told The Miami Herald. "There shouldn't be the least amount of doubt about that."

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