Zelaya Plans Honduras Return

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 24, 2009 9:03 AM CDT
Soldiers check a truck at the border town of Las Manos, Honduras, July 16, 2009. Honduras' interim government says backers of Manuel Zelaya are taking up arms to return him to power.   (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
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(Newser) – Manuel Zelaya intends to cross from Nicaragua into Honduras today or tomorrow, a move that could land him in prison or worse, the Miami Herald reports. Honduras has stepped up its border security, with interim president Roberto Micheletti promising that the deposed leader will be arrested on sight and charged with treason and abuse of power. Aides say Zelaya will come by land, surrounded by supporters.

Aware of the possibility of violence, Zelaya urged the army not to “stain itself with blood, much less the blood of the president of the republic,” and said his supporters will be flying “a white flag of peace.” The government, meanwhile, has lined parts of the border with riot police, telling most travelers the boundary is closed. Zelaya supporters say they’ve stopped and detained buses full of people attempting to welcome the ousted president.