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Zelaya calls for an 'insurrection' to help him return to power

Video by Carla WESTERHEIDE

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-07-16

Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya called for "insurrection" in his country so he can be returned to power following the June 28 coup, affirming that the people had a right to engage in civil disobedience "when faced with a usurping government."

AFP - The deposed president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, called for an "insurrection" in his country so he can be returned to power following the June 28 military coup.
   
"The Honduran people have the right to insurrection," said Zelaya, speaking in the neighboring Central American country of Guatemala.
   
Zelaya said that insurrection was a legitimate democratic right "when faced with a usurping government and a coup-supporting military.
   
"I want to tell you to not leave the streets, that is the only space that they have not taken from us," he said, addressing supporters in Honduras.
   
Zelaya called for strikes, marches, takeovers, and civil disobedience in his country because that is necessary "when the democratic order of a country is disrupted."
   
The ousted Honduran leader spoke at a press conference with Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom.

 

 

Date created : 2009-07-15

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