As featured on p. 218 of "Bloggers on the Bus," under the name "a MyDD blogger."

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Great Escape

So this Mel Zelaya guy actually snuck back into the country somehow.

Honduran authorities have mobilised riot police, declared a curfew and shut airports after the dramatic return of Manuel Zelaya, the president ousted in a coup three months ago.

The interim government scrambled to keep control after being caught off-guard by Zelaya's appearance on Monday at the Brazilian embassy in the capital Tegucigalpa, where he drew throngs of supporters.

The deposed leader sneaked back into the central American country - apparently travelling in a car boot and a tractor, among other means - and from the sanctuary of the embassy vowed to retake power.

"I want to tell you I am committed to the Honduran people and I am not going to rest one day, one minute, until the dictatorship is toppled," he told hundreds of cheering, chanting supporters.

My question: what exactly is the plan here? Zelaya's a wanted man in the country, though by staying in the Brazilian embassy he'll probably be all right. There's an election scheduled in a month and a half, after which point he cannot really make a claim to the Presidency anymore. The Honduran government basically held firm and refused to negotiate, and while Zelaya can certainly cause trouble for them, in the end I don't see any game plan to get him back in power for the remaining couple months of his term. Even the United States has essentially given up.

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