Honduras Threatens Brazil, Bans Public Gatherings

Interim President Roberto Micheletti and his de facto government in Honduras recently gave the Brazilian embassy that has served as a refuge for deposed President Manuel Zelaya 10 days to turn the embattled former leader over.

Threatening to revoke Brazil's right to a diplomatic mission in the country, interim government Foreign Minister Carlos Lopez told CNN, "It was Brazil who broke relations with the current government, when they refused to recognize it. So we are just doing the same with them." Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva responded in kind, saying that he would not be swayed by threats from "coup plotters."

Micheletti's government also refused to allow representatives from the Organization of American States to enter the country. "We don't know why we weren't allowed in because the de facto government agreed to accept us," said OAS spokesman Alvaro Briones in Washington.

On Sunday, authorities in Tegucigalpa outlawed public gatherings as well. Observers said the government made the move in order to avoid a large march that was being organized in support of Zelaya for today to mark the three-month anniversary of his June 28 arrest and deportation.