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Honduran troops seen shooting protest bus

July 3, 2009 at 6:54 PM   |   Comments

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TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, July 3 (UPI) -- Honduran soldiers were caught on video shooting the tires of buses carrying protesters supporting deposed President Manuel Zelaya.

The video, obtained by CNN and televised Friday, was reportedly taken just outside Tegucigalpa by a supporter of Zelaya en route to a demonstration in the Honduran capital in favor of Zelaya's return.

Organization of American States Secretary-General Jose Miguel Insulza arrived in Honduras Friday to meet officials of the provisional government that assumed control of the poor Central American country after the ouster of Zelaya.

Insulza said he is hopeful that provisional leader Roberto Micheletti will step down so Zelaya can return to office and serve out the remainder of his term, El Nuevo Diario reported Friday. Micheletti, however, has repeatedly stated his new government will not step aside for Zelaya and the deposed Honduran leader will be arrested if he returns.

Military troops arrested Zelaya Sunday before a proposed referendum on presidential term limits. Zelaya wanted to seek a second term next year. By law, the Honduran leader, elected in 2005, is limited to one term in office.

Zelaya was in New York Tuesday to address the United Nations and ask for its assistance. He said he would return to Honduras Saturday.

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