Posted by: chronicler55 | June 28, 2009

President of Honduras Reportedly Arrested by Military Forces

Associated Press reports that the President of Honduras has been seized by the Honduran Military and forced into exile.

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – More than a dozen soldiers arrested President Manuel Zelaya and disarmed his security guards after surrounding his residence before dawn Sunday, his private secretary said. Protesters called it a coup and flocked to the presidential palace as local news media reported that Zelaya was sent into exile…

“We’re talking about a coup d’etat,” labor leader and Zelaya ally Rafael Alegria told Honduran radio Cadena de Noticias. “This is regrettable.”

Neither military nor presidential officials have said who’s in charge.

Honduras has a history of military coups: Soldiers overthrew elected presidents in 1963 and again in 1972. The military did not turn the government over to civilians until 1981, under U.S. pressure.

The story seems to be completely overshadowed by the death of Michael Jackson, but the fall of a government in Central America  deserves more coverage than it is getting at the moment.

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