The coup-installed president of Honduras backed down Monday from an escalating standoff with protesters and suggested he would restore civil liberties and reopen dissident television and radio stations by the end of the week.
Riot police ringed supporters of ousted president Manuel Zelaya who had gathered in Tegucigalpa for a protest march, setting off a day-long standoff. The government of interim President Roberto Micheletti declared the march illegal and sent soldiers to silence dissident broadcasters, just hours after suspending civil liberties for 45 days.
But in a sudden reversal, Micheletti said Monday afternoon that he wanted to “ask the Honduran people for forgiveness” for the measures and said he would lift them in accordance with demands from the same Congress that installed him after the June 28 coup.
Earlier, dozens of soldiers had raided the offices of Radio Globo. Officials also shut down Channel 36 television station, leaving it broadcasting only a test pattern.
More at the New York Times
The U.S. blasts Zelaya for “foolish” return; hole up in the Brazilian embassy, Zelaya incites his followers to revolt; the Brazilian Senate president also blasts Zelaya. All in today’s 15 Minutes!
Honduras Responds to Brazilian Threats by Suspending Civil Rights
U.S. blasts ousted Honduran for “foolish” return
Presidente del Senado de Brasil critica uso político de embajada en Honduras (and some background on the Brazilian Senate’s president)
Understanding the mess in Honduras
The verdict on Honduras
Hype, hypocrisy on display