Honduran President Manuel Zelaya Arrested By Military

June 28, 2009

Honduras (ChattahBox) – Honduran President Manuel Zelaya has been arrested by the military after suggesting a constitutional vote that could pave the way for referendums aimed at aiding poverty stricken citizens.

Zelaya was arrested early Sunday morning, taken from his home. According to a neighbor, who spoke to news source Al Jazeerza, over a hundred soldiers surrounded his home, and when Zelaya walked out to confront them, he was shot at, but not hit. He was then thrown into a white van, and taken away.

Reports say that he was taken to a Tegucigalpa military base, where he is being held for what some claim was an attempt at organizing an illegal vote, which would allow for changes to the constitution, alongside general elections to assign new leadership.

The ballots created for this vote have been destroyed by the army.

“This is unconceivable [sic], this is one of the fundamental rights of the people,” prominent city youth leader, Oscar Hendrix, was quoted on the Al Jazeera website.

While no official plans have been released, many have promised to protest the arrest, and to work on the President’s release.


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