Zelaya Supporters Clash With Honduran Police

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 22, 2009 2:06 PM CDT
A riot police officer walks in front of the Brazilian embassy.   (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
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(Newser) – Honduras' tense political situation may be coming to a head. Riot police clashed with supporters of ousted President Manuel Zelaya today outside the Brazilian embassy, where Zelaya has been holed up for a day since sneaking back into the country. Police fired tear gas at the protesters, who returned fire with rocks, reports Reuters. The hospital in Tegucigalpa treated at least 20 people, some with broken arms and legs.

Zelaya has been holding court with international media outlets since his return from 3 months in exile, and he predicted that Honduran troops may try to storm the embassy: "I foresee bigger acts of aggression and violence." He also encouraged supporters to converge on the city. Brazil, which doesn't recognize the de facto government that ousted Zelaya, says he can stay inside the embassy as long as he wants.