Honduras Curfew Extended Amidst Imminent Return of Zelaya
As Manuel Zelaya announces he is getting closer to the Nicaraguan-Honduran border, in his second attempt to return to Honduras, the military forces are blocking his supporters from getting to the border to receive him. Moreover, the curfew was extendend to all departments close to the border, including Paraíso, Olancho, Valle and Choluteca, from 12 midday today to 12:00a.m tomorrow Saturday 25.
The curfew for the rest of Honduras will be from 12 midnight to 4:30a.m tomorrow.
Radio Globo is broadcasting live right now, interviewing people who are trying to get to the border to show their support for Manuel Zelaya, the president who was deposed on June 28 by the Armed Forces.
Some supporters are denouncing threats and attacks by the police, and some are describing the tense atmosphere felt at different points of the border. Moreover, a protester has been hurt by a rubber bullet in the clashes taking place at the moment (Radio Globo says the name of this injured person is Moisés Hernández, who was shot in the ear).
Meanwhile, Honduran newspaper La Prensa is calling for a 'peaceful demonstration" against the return of Zelaya. The demonstration would be held at San Pedro Sula at 2p.m. (***UPDATE: it took place in the evening. Three of the main news media widely covered it, including El Heraldo, La Prensa and La Tribuna. Some 30 to 50,000 people were said to be taking part in the demonstration***)
On their part, right-winged El Heraldo disclosed a press release in which the Armed Forces said they won't be held responsible for the security of those who 'incite violence', who might be subject of attacks:
"Ayer, las Fuerzas Armadas emitieron un comunicado a través de la Secretaría de Defensa, en el cual aseguraron que no se responsabilizan "por la seguridad de personas que, por fomentar la violencia generalizada en el país, están sujetas a ser atacadas incluso por sus mismos partidarios, con el exclusivo propósito de constituirlas en mártires." -El Heraldo