Honduras (Country threat level – 4

On 29 September 2009 ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya called for his supporters to stage more demonstrations in Tegucigalpa against the interim government’s regime, particularly against recent measures limiting civil liberties and shutting down media outlets. Zelaya remained at the Brazilian Embassy surrounded by security forces on 29 September, as police officers blocked hundreds of his supporters at a Tegucigalpa University from marching to the embassy. Union leaders stated that they would protest on 30 September outside one of the radio stations that the government closed on 28 September. Meanwhile, under the emergency decree declared by the government on 27 September, authorities began evicting Zelaya supporters from government buildings in Tegucigalpa, which they have occupied since his 28 June ouster. Military personnel reportedly escorted approximately 10 Zelaya followers from the National Agrarian Institute on the morning of 30 September. A larger contingent of Zelaya supporters has been housed since July at the National Pedagogical University, and authorities may be moving to that location next in an effort to dislodge his followers.

Despite the continued crackdown, the crisis currently seems to be moving toward a political resolution. On 29 September Honduran business leaders, who have historically strongly opposed Zelaya, issued a statement supporting his reinstatement, albeit with strictly limited powers. Congress also chastised interim President Roberto Micheletti for the emergency decree that limited civil liberties and closed down several critical media outlets, threatening to revoke the decree if he does not. Such developments suggest that the Micheletti administration is under heavy pressure to initiate dialogue with Zelaya, both from international and domestic entities.

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