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Soldiers arrest scores of Zelaya supporters

Video by Mariam PIRZADEH , Nicholas RUSHWORTH

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-09-30

Honduran security forces have detained 55 supporters of ousted President Manuel Zelaya in a dawn raid on a farm workers building. The security forces acted under a highly controversial decree restricting civil rights.

AFP - Security forces detained 55 supporters of ousted President Manuel Zelaya in a dawn raid on a farm workers building where they had been camped out, a police spokesman said Wednesday.
   
Ernin Cerrato told AFP 55 people had been detained, including six women.
   
"We going to take them to the prosecutor's office to assess if they have committed crimes," Cerrato said at the site in central Tegucigalpa.
   
Scores of soldiers and police surround the National Institute of Agrarian Reform (INRA), which several hundred farm workers had been using as temporary housing in order to attend protests in the capital against the June 28 coup.
   
The security forces acted under a highly controversial decree restricting civil rights which was announced by the de facto regime of Roberto Micheletti.
   
"The decree is completely illegal," said Rafael Alegria, a farm leader who arrived at the site shortly after the raid.
   
"The INRA belongs to the farm workers. It's a farm workers building that was set up to promote agrarian reform."
   
"I've never seen anything like this in the whole of Honduras. They (the regime) can do anything like."
   
Zelaya and his supporters have been holed up in the Brazilian embassy in the Honduran capital since the ousted president returned to his country last week following his ouster in a June 28 military-backed coup.

Date created : 2009-09-30

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