Situation in Honduras Grows Critical

After deposed President Manuel Zelaya secretly reentered Honduras earlier this week, the country waited in anticipation for what would come next. Thousands of protesters gathered outside of the Brazilian embassy in the capital city of Tegucigalpa where Zelaya was offered refuge, only to be brutally dispersed by military and police forces. At least at least 80 people were admitted to an area hospital with injuries and a nationwide curfew was also imposed by the coup government.

Reports began to leak out about electricity and running water being shut off in the embassy in an attempt to flush Zelaya out. Interim President Roberto Micheletti denies any wrongdoing on the part of the defacto government. But Amnesty International Amnesty International on Wednesday denounced "a sharp rise in police beatings, mass arrests of demonstrators and intimidation of human rights defenders in Honduras since the June coup d'etat," and warned that "fundamental rights and the rule of law in the Central American nation are in grave jeopardy."

World leaders from President Jimmy Carter to President Hugo Chavez have urged Micheletti to accept the conditions stipulated by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias and the Organization of American States. That agreement would allow Zelaya to return to the presidency with severely limited executive powers and ensures that a new election would take place, as planned, on November 29th.

But the defacto government has stubbornly refused to accept the conditions, insisting that the military-led coup on June 28 was a constitutionally acceptable transfer of power. "President Zelaya should present himself before the tribunals of justice in our country where he has charges against him," Micheletti told CNN en Español. "I think that what the whole world should understand about this country is that there is no immunity for anyone—for anyone."