By Orlando Sierra, AFP/Getty Images
Supporters of ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya celebrate his return to the county in front of the United Nations offices on Monday.
Strange…those red flags don’t look like Honduran flags, do they?
The latest hi-jinks from Chavez and Zelaya:
“He traveled for two days, through rivers and mountains and risking his life,” Mr. Chavez said.
Initial news reports placed Mr. Zelaya and his wife in a U.N. building in Tegucigalpa, the Honduran capital, although Mr. Zelaya later confirmed reports he was at the Brazilian embassy.
“I’m here in the Honduran capital,” Mr. Zelaya told Telesur. “I’m here to initiate dialogue,” he added. Television images showed hundreds of Zelaya supporters gathering in front of a U.N. building in Tegucigalpa to celebrate his return, while riot police tried to control the crowd.
Roberto Micheletti, acting Honduran president, meanwhile, denied that Mr. Zelaya had returned to the capital.
If he’s actually there, and Honduran authorities find him, he may wind up “initiating dialogue” from jail.
Hat tip: Drew from AoSHQ
Oh, he’s there all right…taking refuge at the Brazilian Embassy:
(AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
Ousted President Manuel Zelaya returned to Honduras on Monday almost three months after he was toppled in a coup, and took refuge in the Brazilian embassy in the capital to avoid arrest.
Reuters photographer Edgar Garrido saw Zelaya with aides and his wife in the embassy, and the leftist president gave media interviews from inside the building.
Well, I hope he’s comfortable. He may be hanging out there for awhile.
Hat tip: Gateway Pundit
Congressman Mike Pence condemned the Obama administration’s Honduras policy in this statement issued, today:
Since the dawn of the American experiment, the American cause has been freedom and in that cause America has never been silent.
In light of our proud national tradition of supporting the spread of freedom, rule of law and democratic institutions around the world, I am disappointed that the President and his Secretary of State have devoted so much effort to undermining democracy in Honduras. The President should be supporting the legitimate authorities in Honduras as they work to preserve self-determination in their country rather than aligning himself with virulently anti-American foreign leaders like Hugo Chavez, the Castro brothers and Daniel Ortega.
Not only has the U.S. State Department announced that it will not recognize the upcoming elections in Honduras over the objections of the four leading presidential candidates, but it revoked the visas of Honduran government officials who were invited by Members of Congress to come and brief them on the ongoing situation in Honduras.
These policies do not measure up to the best traditions of our democracy and send precisely the wrong message to those who are fighting for freedom in Honduras and around the world.
I urge the Secretary of State to reverse this harmful course of action, drop the insistence on restoring Zelaya to power despite his unconstitutional efforts to seek a second term, restore the visas of Honduran government officials, and support those officials working for free and fair elections in Honduras.
Video:Democratic Leader Roberto Micheletti tells Greta the truth on the Honduran situation.
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