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Honduras crisis: Your views

President Manuel Zelaya
Manuel Zelaya has said he will return to Honduras

The Organization of American States gave the newly installed government in Honduras until the weekend to act or face suspension from the group.

The army ousted President Zelaya on Sunday over his plans for constitutional reform, which his critics said were aimed at prolonging his presidency.

An overnight curfew has been toughened to allow people to be held for 24 hours without charge, as protests both for and against Mr Zelaya continue.

BBC News website readers in Honduras have been sending their views about the events.

More views on our debate

YOLANDA DIAZ, TEACHER, ROATAN

We are very worried here because we don't understand why President Zelaya has violated the Republic in that way. A president should know and understand the constitution.

I think the new government is trying to improve things, although they only have five months to do it

I think he shouldn't be allowed in. If he does come back, he should be taken to the authorities.

He is causing a lot of damage to our country, and Honduras is living in poverty. He wasn't doing the right thing.

I think the new government is trying to improve things, although they only have five months to do it.

We now have a curfew. From 6pm local time everyone has to stay at home. After 9pm no one is allowed to be in the streets, and whoever is found outside is taken to jail.

We don't like that, we are worried, we think it will go back to what we lived through in the 1980's.

RAMON BETANCUR, FORMER CIVIL SERVANT, CHOLUTECA

I worked as a civil servant for Mr Zelaya's government, in the local government in Choluteca. I am very surprised with how Zelaya's supporters have acted.

I am not totally supportive of Zelaya, but I am outraged about the way in which they did it

I agree with the international community, this is a coup organised by Roberto Micheletti -the Speaker of Congress who was sworn in as interim president. He is intolerant and hasn't created a space for dialogue.

I lived through similar situations in 1963 and 1972, and I know what I'm talking about. I was a child when this happened. They have done it a different way now, but it is exactly the same. I feel embarrassed by our politicians, they don't create the spaces to discuss these issues.

I hope the international community can repair the serious mistake made by General Romeo Vasquez, Honduras' top military chief.

Obviously, many people are very happy that Mr Zelaya was ousted, but there are many people who aren't happy and they cannot express themselves.

We are isolated and afraid, because anyone who doesn't think like the present de facto government have realised that many people believe what the media say about the new government.

I am not totally supportive of Zelaya, but I am outraged about the way in which they did it.

JERONIMO PASTOR, ECONOMIST, SAN PEDRO SULA

I think President Zelaya has the support of the people and should get back to the country, but only when he gets enough international support to do so.

Local media are not reporting the demonstrations, they say it is only a few hundred people but I'm sure it's at least thousands

People are protesting against the coup in the streets. Military jets are flying over the city and some local media outlets have been closed.

Members of the army are hitting people and have arrested some of the protesters, it is getting scarier.

I think it is very positive that the US President Barack Obama has said that the ousting is illegal, but I think words are not enough, there should be consequences as well.

I have heard some of the politicians who ousted the president making racist remarks about what Mr Obama has said, that's how bad it is.

Local media are not reporting the demonstrations, they say it is only a few hundred people but I'm sure it's at least thousands. And some local radio and television stations were closed. So there is a lot of disinformation going around.

GERARDO WAIMIN, BUSINESS OWNER, TEGUCIGALPA

Although I do not approve of coups, the removal of ex-President Zelaya is correct and there was no violation at all, since he refused to obey a ruling from the Supreme Court to decline from an illegal consultation in which he intended to dissolve Congress and the Supreme Court, and establish a new Constitution which would allow him to stay in power by re-election - this currently prohibited by our Constitution.

Although I do not approve of coups, the removal of ex-President Zelaya is correct and there was no violation at all

The city is quiet, everybody is going to work and it is business as usual. We are just very worried because of what Mr Zelaya intends to do. It is the same thing President Hugo Chavez has done in Venezuela and people are outraged.

I regret President Obama's remarks about Honduras. I don't think he is very well informed about the situation here, and I invite him to send a commission to listen to both sides.

I ask the whole international community to be on alert for an invasion from President Chavez. Mr Zelaya has said that all the countries which belong to the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (Alba), an organisation which includes Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Ecuador and Honduras, will help him get back to power.

I respect freedom of the press, but I think the army was right in shutting down some of the local media which were supporting Mr Zelaya. It is a critical moment and they have to preserve the peace. I think that they will resume broadcasting later.



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