A group of independent U.N. experts expressed concern Friday over the increased use of mercenaries in Honduras, where a de facto president has been in power since a military-led coup in June
Ousted Honduran President Jose Manuel Zelaya said he and supporters holed up at the Brazilian Embassy were victims of a “neurotoxic” gas attack Friday morning that caused many people to have nose bleeds and breathing difficulties. An official with Brazil’s Foreign Ministry told CNN there was some type of gas used in the area but could not confirm it was a nerve agent
Former President Carter has contacted the de facto president of Honduras to urge a resolution to the crisis in the Central American country.
Deposed Honduran President Jose Manual Zelaya, holed up in the Brazilian Embassy in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa, said Thursday that he would stay there “as long as it takes.” In an interview with CNN’s Rick Sanchez, Zelaya, who was ousted in a June 28 coup, said he had never lost the title of president. “I am the president of Honduras, and I’ll stay here in the Brazilian Embassy as long as it takes,” he said without elaborating.
Honduran police used tear gas Tuesday to disperse supporters of ousted President Manuel Zelaya outside the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa, where Zelaya has sought refuge since secretly returning to the country, TV news reports showed. Zelaya had reported the attack during an interview Tuesday with CNN en Espaol
Ramping up pressure on Honduras’ interim government, the United States has revoked the visa of the beleaguered country’s leader, a senior Honduran official told CNN en Espanol on Saturday. De facto President Roberto Micheletti and 14 supreme court judges had their visas revoked, said Honduran Foreign Minister Carlos Lopez
Critics of Hugo Chavez marched in cities across the globe Friday, calling the Venezuelan president a dictator and violator of human rights. The largest crowds were in Venezuela, Colombia and Honduras, according to media reports.
The United States is terminating all non-humanitarian aid to the de facto Honduran government to pressure it to return its ousted president to power, the State Department announced Thursday.
Honduras suspended diplomatic relations with Argentina on Tuesday in retaliation for having its ambassador expelled from Argentina last week. The move stems from tensions between the two countries over a June 28 military-led coup in which Honduran President Jose Manuel Zelaya was replaced by congressional leader Roberto Micheletti. When Honduran Ambassador Carmen Eleonora Ortez Williams, who had been appointed by Zelaya, did not protest the coup, Argentina took exception.