By Circles Robinson
HAVANA TIMES, Sept. 23 – The Cuban press continues to keep a close watch on events taking place in Honduras. Since the coup on June 28 that ousted President Manuel Zelaya, Cuban authorities have called it a dangerous return to the era of military dictatorships that swept Central and South America.
On Wednesday, the Rio Group threw its support to Zelaya and his clandestine return to Honduras, demanding respect for the physical integrity of the president and his family.
Zelaya is held up at the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa, surrounded by the military that have imposed a state of siege and sent tanks out onto the streets to disband supporters of the deposed leader.
The Rio Group called for dialogue, national reconciliation and a peaceful resolution of the crisis in Honduras. It also called for the absolute respect for the sovereignty of the Brazilian diplomatic mission under the Vienna Convention.
On Tuesday morning Honduran army troops and police circled the residential district where the Brazilian embassy is located and then attacked the demonstrators using tear gas and rubber bullets. Three persons died as a result of the repression.