Zelaya Returns to Honduras

Ousted leader announces return on TV, but interim government denies it
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 21, 2009 2:14 PM CDT
Zelaya Returns to Honduras
Supporters of Honduras' ousted President Manuel Zelaya shout slogans in front of the United Nations' building in Tegucigalpa, Monday, Sept. 21, 2009.   (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

Manuel Zelaya is back in Honduras, the ousted president told a Honduran TV station today, prompting thousands of his supporters to gather outside the UN building in the capital to celebrate. “I am here for the restoration of democracy, to call for dialogue,” Zelaya declared. The US State Department confirmed Zelaya’s return, though the country’s current de facto ruler denied it.

Zelaya wouldn’t say exactly where in the Tegucigalpa he was, but when a senior aide said he was inside the main UN building, as many as 4,000 supporters gathered outside, shouting “Yes, we did it!” Interim de facto president Roberto Micheletti called the reports “media terrorism,” insisting Zelaya remained "in a suite in a hotel in Nicaragua." (Read more Manuel Zelaya stories.)

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