Saturday, July 11, 2009
President Zelaya gains strength despite his failure to end coup
टाइम्स ऑनलाइन, भारत, राष्ट्रपति Zelaya होन्डुरस लाभ के अंतरराष्ट्रीय समर्थन करते हैं.
From Times Online,India. July 6, 2009
Michael Binyon: Analysis
The abortive attempt by Manuel Zelaya, the Honduran President bundled out of the country in his pyjamas in a military coup last week, to fly back to Tegucigalpa has raised tensions in the impoverished central American state.
Thousands of his supporters gathered at the airfield on Sunday but were confronted by armed troops who opened fire, killing two people. And as President Zelaya, his arrival blocked by military vehicles parked on the runway, diverted to El Salvador, international pressure on the coup leaders increased.
The United Nations Secretary-General again called the coup unacceptable. Venezuela announced a cut-off of all oil shipments. European Union members prepared to withdraw ambassadors. And the Organisation of American States (OAS), which suspended Honduran membership, cut off aid and favourable trade arrangements. So too did the World Bank.
Despite this overwhelming outside pressure the coup members remained defiant. They insisted that they had acted only to protect the constitution after President Zelaya had planned an illegal referendum on his plans to stand again for election in November. They said that they would not be bullied into action nor back down in face of pro-Zelaya demonstrations.