Interim Government Of Honduras Suspends Overnight Curfew
The interim government of Honduras suspended the overnight curfew imposed in the country since June 28 when Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was ousted from the country and expatriated to Costa Rica. Zelaya attempted to return to Honduras on July 5; however, Zelaya's plane was not allowed to land in the capital's airport, prompting the Honduran President to divert his plane back and seek refuge in El Salvador. The de facto government of Congress leader Roberto Micheletti explained that it had "reached its objectives to restore calm," and hence the curfew is no longer needed. The curfew restricted the movement of Hondurans from 11 PM to 4:30 AM every night.
Hondurans were ordered to stay in their homes from 11 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. nightly. The government briefly extended it from sunset to sunrise when Zelaya attempted to return to Honduras and the military blocked his plane from landing by parking vehicles on the runway July 5.
During the curfew period, the nation's legislature, the National Congress, had suspended guarantees included in the nation's Constitution that cover freedom of association and of movement, and that limit arrest without charge to 24 hours.
"The government was able not only to reduce crime in the whole country, but also to restore calm to the people of Honduras," the government was quoted as saying in its public broadcast on Sunday by Reuters news agency.
Today, Micheletti also said that he would grant Zelaya amnesty if he was to return to Honduras peacefully to face justice.
But, Roberto Micheletti said on Sunday, Zelaya could be granted amnesty if he were to return home quietly to face justice.
"If he comes peacefully first to appear before the authorities ... I don't have any problem [with granting him amnesty]," Micheletti told the Reuters news agency in Tegucigalpa.
Meanwhile, the President of Costa Rica -- Oscar Arias tried to reconcile interim President Roberto Micheletti and the ousted President Manuel Zelaya. Both Micheletti and Zelaya were in Costa Rica to speak with Arias on Thursday of last week, but never met one on one with each other.
The President of Venezuela Hugo Chavez, on the other hand, has urged the US to push for the downfall of the interim government in Honduras. US government has already canceled 16.5 million dollars in aid to Honduras, but Chavez says more action is needed.
See previous NowPublic's coverage of the events in Honduras here.