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Zelaya return: Views from Honduras

Manuel Zelaya
Mr Zelaya has been taking refuge in the Brazilian embassy all week

The interim government of Honduras has suspended the curfew it imposed on Monday when ousted President Manuel Zelaya returned to the country.

Hondurans flooded onto the streets on Wednesday in an effort to stock up on supplies during a brief respite. Mr Zelaya is still sheltering in the Brazilian embassy in the capital Tegucigalpa.

Here, readers in Honduras describe the situation there and express their views on the return of Mr Zelaya.


Gabriela Diaz

I am a Honduran-Brazilian citizen. My mom is Brazilian and works in the embassy where Manuel Zelaya is currently taking refuge. She was there on Monday and Tuesday and it was a very worrying situation for her obviously when Zelaya arrived.

The whole situation caught her and others working in the embassy by surprise. She had to stay in there for two days and was then sent home, but five of her colleagues remain inside.

It has been a really weird three months here, particularly the last few days. I have just had to stay at home, like many others all week, watching what has been developing on TV.

I was out on the streets on Monday and saw Zelaya supporters throwing rocks and burning cars. Yesterday I went out to get supplies, when the curfew was temporarily lifted and had to wait five hours at the supermarket to get food. It was really crazy, there were people everywhere trying to get food from the shops.

Today, the curfew has been lifted and the first thing I want to do is go and have coffee with my boyfriend, who I haven't seen for three days. I'm worried for my country and particularly for any innocent people who might be caught up in any further demonstrations.

There's lots of international pressure but I have to agree with the decisions taken by the current Honduran government. I personally believe that having Manuel Zelaya back as president would be the worst decision possible. It would only cause more trouble to an already troubled situation. Let him respond to the justice system. And let us Hondurans resolve this conflict without having foreign countries and organisations judge us and condemn us.
Gabriela Diaz, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

The curfew has been lifted because Micheletti's supporters will march today. I bet the police will be looking after them rather than beating and arresting them. Also, some companies have threatened and bribed their workers to participate in these marches.
Isis Libertad, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

If the curfew was to be lifted, why did they create chaos and panic late yesterday by allowing people to go out to the shops? It has only been lifted to let the people that support the coup organise a march in which all the public sector employees and employees of the elite are forced to march or or they will lose their jobs.
Democracia Queremos, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Please do not support Zelaya. I am asking you this as a Honduran that loves my country. We just want to have peace and Zelaya will not bring that to us. He has committed crimes that cannot be forgiven by the majority of Hondurans. We enjoy our freedoms and respect our laws. I cannot understand how the international community does not respect the way we run our country. Support the upcoming elections.
Maria Enamorado, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

We have been stuck in Tegucigalpa since Monday. We were travelling through Honduras to Nicaragua. When we arrived the streets were deserted. We had no idea of what had happened. We are desperate to get out.
David Temple, Tegucigalpa


We are perplexed as to how the international community is responding to Honduras. It is true that Mr Zelaya was elected as our president some years ago but this, in no way, means that this fact gives any elected president a free pass to do anything he or she pleases. Honduras has laws and the international community should respect them. To allow this man to return to power is to welcome total anarchy in our country. Many of us will be forced to leave Honduras and I assure you that Honduras will be one more of those countries that will fall to a dictatorship. We are hoping for the best but preparing for the worst.
Allan Wolozny, San Pedro Sula, Honduras

Things are quiet here on this side of the country. We do have a curfew again tonight but the curfew was removed from 1000 to 1700 today. It gave everyone a chance to get food and gas. And everyone did. The streets were full of cars and people.
Mark Piazzo, La Ceiba, Honduras

It's been 86 days since the military coup and throughout this time thousands of people have been in the streets condemning the military coup supported by a political and economical elite that doesn't represent the majority of the population of Honduras. The day Mr Zelaya returned to the country it was like a festive day for all the people who have been waiting for him to come back. We ask the international community to be alert to what is happening in Honduras where human and civil rights are being violated every day by the military and de facto regime.
Lara Amaya, San Pedro Sula, Honduras


I live on a mountain called El Hatillo, overlooking the Brazilian embassy. I believe that Manuel Zelaya's return here will cause far greater trouble then we could have imagined. People are going to get angry and start to act on emotions. Once people act on emotions instead of thought, there will be violence, subsequently leading to deaths, I fear. For Mr Zelaya to come back and sit in that building is ludicrous. From there all he is going to be able to do is cause problems. If and when he leaves he will be arrested and eventually have to go before the grand jury. May God be with the Honduran people at this time.
David Logue, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

On Monday, a 30,000 crowd gathered in front of the Brazilian embassy to welcome back President Zelaya. At 0400 on Tuesday, the military forcibly removed the 500+ who stayed overnight in front of the embassy, using tear gas and issuing beatings. Shots were fired. Today the country is shut down and the media is reporting tremendous disagreements throughout the country due to the curfew.
Bill O'Brien, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

The only people who want Zelaya back are feeding from his trough. I do not know one person who wants him back. It was not a coup and they are not trying to "cling to power".
Scott, Roatan, Honduras

Here in our small Honduran town, the absence of life and everyday bustle on the streets is deafening. Inside our homes friends and families chat with nervous excitement and phones are to everyone's ears, all glued to whatever form of news we can find to watch how this day will play out. Being so close to, yet so far from, the real activity it seems that at least here in this town the Honduran public has chosen to abide by the restrictions placed on them, as we watch and hope.
Michael Buttram, Cofradia, Honduras

From Last night some Zelaya followers almost burnt a gas station and in the past few days they set fire to a bus and a restaurant. That's vandalism. I think the solution to the crisis here is neither the return of Zelaya to power nor a Roberto Micheletti government. The only long-term solution that could bring long-term peace is to bring forward the date of the elections.
Erasmo Perdomo, San Pedro Sula, Honduras

From Honduras can't stand this illegal government and its lies any more. It's great that Manuel Zelaya has come back, but what the illegal government is doing is preventing people from celebrating the return of the legitimate president. It also wants to stop foreign delegations from coming and that is why it has closed the airports.
Italia Mejia, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

From More than an opinion, I wish to denounce the terrible things taking place in this country at the moment. Today I saw the arrest of a 12-year-old child. The police said that he was violating the imposed curfew.
Carla Ortiz, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

From I think it's irresponsible for the Brazilian government to accept Zelaya playing Hugo Chavez's game, without taking into account the consequences. Zelaya is using Brazil's diplomatic delegation the same way he used Nicaragua to call for an insurrection.
Allam Almendares, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

I fear for the fragile peace that had been achieved here. In time, I think Honduras will be ready to have new elections and move on beyond this crisis. I consider the actions of Zelaya as reckless. He was to leave the presidency in a few short months. The people have been patient for a long time. I fear violence will erupt. The city is very quiet as the curfew takes effect. A large fire is burning somewhere, but I don't think it is in the centre of town. The air is quiet, but heavy with smoke and apprehension.
Laurie, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

It's very sad how the whole world cannot respect the constitution of a country, no matter how big or small it is. Zelaya's return will mean disturbances on the streets and probably fatalities. He needs to be accountable for his actions and be a real man and get out of the Brazilian embassy, which of course is another cowardly country.
Will, San Pedro Sula, Honduras

The world can see now the support President Zelaya has. If Micheletti touches him there will inevitably be bloodshed. I can't see how the two men will talk or negotiate, things are just too polarised. The only solution I see is for the Honduran army to turn against Micheletti and in a swift move remove him as they did with Zelaya on 28 June. The question is to which country could he be flown?

There aren't many options for him and his supporters, that is why they are holding onto power as if their life depends on it. How dare Micheletti say he represents the people. We can see now who does represent the people and it is not Micheletti. He should be disposed of quickly and decisively to avoid any more suffering. To talk about a negotiation between the coup leaders and Zelaya at this stage is naive.
Isis Libertad, Tegucigalpa Honduras

I don't want Zelaya as president. The only thing I can say is that he must go to jail. We made a mistake sending him to Costa Rica, now he's back and we will manage this problem ouselves, as Hondurans.
Monica, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Thank God our president Mr Zelaya is back here.
Nancy Rivera, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

I am extremely nervous that Zelaya has come back. His irresponsibility will only cause confrontations between his people and the armed forces. The armed forces are only doing their job by protecting civilians from the rebels that are Zelayas's followers. I hope he is put in jail soon or leaves the country. The presidential elections on 29 November are just around the corner and all the problems this country has will end by then.
Carlos Turcios, La Ceiba, Honduras

We were made aware of the curfew at 0400 and started moving in the direction of our hotel. Many people, presumably everyone, is on the road right now travelling home. We are very close to the presidential offices but are not seeing any large crowds yet around here. We can hear car horns and motors moving or standing in traffic. Emergency vehicles are passing from time to time. Police and military are on the side of the road and moving around in pick-up trucks. Some of them are wearing bullet proof vests and carrying arms. Overall they seem to be monitoring the situation peacefully. The cell phone networks were jammed when the curfew was announced but all seems to be working now.
Amy, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

We, the Honduran people don't care if Micheletti is president or not. That is not of our concern. Our biggest fear is that Manuel Zelaya comes to power again. You talk about him being held at gunpoint and exiled. But check the facts and see all the harm he has caused in our country. But somehow, that doesn't seem to matter to the international community. A thief in power, that's what he is and we will not take him back!
Cynthia, San Pedro Sula, Honduras

I don't understand why the international community insist on stating that what happened in my country is a coup, when our interim law says otherwise. We are a sovereign country, and therefore, have all the rights to solve our problems, as our constitution and law dictates. Not all laws in the world are the same, no two constitutions in the world are the same. Please study ours if you want to state any kind of opinion on this matter. The moment Manuel Zelaya declared that his plans were to hold a referendum to change the constitution to allow him to modify the four-year presidential term was the moment he legally stopped being president.
Carlos Padilla V, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Why has the US backed such a man [Zelaya] who obviously does not care about the Honduran people because if he did, he would not have come back knowing that there would be such civil unrest. Why back him up? Why not, instead of using the time and money to make sure that the elections in November are as truly democratic as possible? Would that not be the most rational action to take?
Carlos Posa, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

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