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Dozens of Zelaya supporters held

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Police say other occupied government buildings will also be cleared out

Honduran security forces have raided a building and say they have arrested more than 50 supporters of ousted President Manuel Zelaya.

Soldiers and riot police surrounded the building in Tegucigalpa where the protesters had camped out for weeks.

The dawn raid took place under the interim government's controversial decree suspending civil liberties.

Mr Zelaya is still in the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa following his surprise return to Honduras last week.

The arrests were made at the National Agrarian Institute, police said.

"We're going to take them to the prosecutor's office to assess if they have committed crimes," police spokesman Ernin Cerrato told the AFP news agency.

He said the action formed part of the decree announced at the weekend that suspended civil liberties.

Farm leader Rafael Alegria said the "the decree is completely illegal," adding that the building belonged to farm workers.

Farm workers have been among those staging protests since the removal of Mr Zelaya on 28 June.

'Widening splits'

Mr Zelaya was arrested at gunpoint and flown out of the country after being accused of violating the constitution by planning to hold a vote on constitutional reform.

TIMELINE: ZELAYA OUSTED
Deposed Honduras President Manuel Zelaya in Tegucigalpa (28 September 2009)
28 June: Zelaya forced out of country at gunpoint
5 July: A dramatic bid by Zelaya to return home by plane fails after the runway at Tegucigalpa airport is blocked
25-26 July: Zelaya briefly crosses into the country from Nicaragua on two consecutive days
21 Sept: Zelaya appears in the Brazilian embassy in Tegulcigalpa
27 Sept: Honduras issues 10-day ultimatum to Brazil and threatens to close embassy

He made a dramatic return to the country on 21 September and has been in the Brazilian embassy since then, refusing to give himself up to the interim government of Roberto Micheletti.

Mr Micheletti's cabinet is meanwhile under mounting pressure to revoke the decree that suspended civil liberties.

The measures allow unauthorised public meetings to be banned and news media to be temporarily closed down.

However, members of Congress have indicated they will act to rescind the order if Mr Micheletti's government does not.

And Gen Romeo Vasquez Velasquez - the head of the armed forces who oversaw the removal of Mr Zelaya - has urged talks on the prolonged political crisis.

Mr Micheletti has himself indicated the decree could soon be lifted, amid concerns that the elections scheduled for 29 November could be affected.

Correspondents say there appear to be widening splits among those who initially supported Mr Zelaya's removal from power and backed the interim government.



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