Jonathan’s Journey
Friday July 24, 2009
Honduras concerns….
This situation in Honduras…got worse today…as the former President returned home…and the present govt. plans to arrest him….here are some emails from Ronald and a CNN news story:
Dear brother Jonathan , today the political crisis is worse. curfew is 1:00 0'clock p.m . Special in the area close Honduras Nicaragua Border.
The former President is trying to get in in to Honduras. Right now he is in Nicaragua and Honduras border. This is in the danli area, Close Limoncillo , in the firts community, there are thousands of people waiting tha former president. It is really dangerous.
More later brother
love you.
Ronald Millon
A little later I got this next email from Ronald
Dear brother , the road from Tegucigalpa to Danli is full of soldiers. Few minutes ago I returned from teguscigalpa with some boys and in the way a lot of soldiers stop us .
One of the soldiers told me that is better go home. I told him that we will pray for him. The soldiers told me that he is confuse , because he don't know to whom obey .
He don't know to obey the former President or the actual president.
Please keep us in your prayers. The former President has decide to return today.
In the road from Tegucigalpa to Danli you will see thousands people walking . These people are wlaking to Honduras border to wait Zelaya.
More later brother
Ronald Millon

Here is a new article posted on CNN today:
The Honduran government will arrest the nation's ousted president now that he has returned to the country, less than a month after he was removed from power by a military-led coup, an official said.

The government will ask the International Red Cross to monitor the conditions under which Jose Manuel Zelaya is held, Vice Foreign Minister Marta Lorena Alvarado said.

The country's provisional government is willing to continue negotiations with Zelaya, whom she blamed for inciting possible violence by returning to Honduras.

Roberto Micheletti was installed as provisional president after Zelaya's ouster.

Zelaya walked under a border chain Friday afternoon and returned to his home soil.

"I am not afraid when I work for a just and noble cause," Zelaya said to someone on a cell phone moments after crossing the border, surrounded by television cameras and scores of cheering supporters.

Zelaya alternated between taking calls on his cell phone said answering reporters' questions. He told the crowd that he was waiting for his wife and daughter to arrive before going further.

Honduran soldiers pulled back about 25 meters (80 feet) from the border as Zelaya stopped and continued talking on the phone.

He stopped in front of a large white sign that says, "Bienvenidos a Honduras" (Welcome to Honduras).

Moments before crossing the border, Zelaya talked briefly face-to-face with army Lt. Col. Luis Roicarte, with whom he'd been previously talking on the phone, CNN's Karl Penhaul said.

The army officer cut off the conversation with Zelaya because he had to take a call, probably from one of his superiors.

His arrival at the border came minutes after police and soldiers fired on his supporters in El Paraiso, CNN en Español correspondent Jorge Jimenez said. Two people were wounded, he said.

Neither the shooting nor the injuries could be independently corroborated.

Police and soldiers fired tear gas at the demonstrators for about 15 to 20 minutes before firing 15 to 20 shots, Jimenez said.

About 1,500 police and soldiers faced off with Zelaya supporters in El Paraiso, about seven miles (11 kilometers) from the border with Nicaragua.

The apparent shootings happened minutes after Zelaya, at a news conference in Nicaragua, asked police and soldiers to let him back into his country.

"Allow me to return to my country," Zelaya said, directly addressing his nation's police and army. "To embrace my fellow countrymen, my children, my wife, my mother."

Zelaya, whom the military ousted June 28, led a convoy Thursday to the Nicaraguan city of Esteli, near the border with Honduras, and spent the night there.

He left Friday morning in a 20-vehicle caravan to continue the trek toward the border.

Micheletti warned Zelaya against attempting to return, saying that Honduras could not be held responsible for any bloodshed that occurred.

Honduran police and soldiers set up roadblocks between Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras, and the border, and were preventing all buses from crossing, according to news reports.

Some Zelaya supporters in El Paraiso told the news network Telesur that they had taken back roads through the mountains to avoid the roadblocks.

Salomon Escoto Salinas, the National Police director, said in a televised news conference that cars and people were being searched for weapons.

"Our job is to maintain order of the people who are protesting," Escoto Salinas said. "If there is any vandalism, the police will act and we will apply the laws."

In an interview with CNN en Español, Escoto Salinas declined to say whether Zelaya would be arrested if he crossed into Honduras. The National Police has a plan, and it will be carried out, he said.

The United States has asked Zelaya not to attempt a return.

"Any step that would add to the risk of violence in Honduras or in the area, we think, would be unwise," Assistant Secretary of State Philip Crowley said Thursday.

U.S. officials reiterated that request Friday.

The increasing tensions come after the apparent failure of a peace accord offered Wednesday by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, who mediated two rounds of unsuccessful talks between the two sides.

The document, dubbed the San Jose Accord, calls for Zelaya's return to power, the creation of a unity government and early elections. The accord was similar to a plan Arias suggested over the weekend, but with more details and the creation of a truth commission to investigate the events that led to the crisis.

The proposal also included a timeline for its implementation, which placed Zelaya back in Honduras by Friday.

The Honduran political crisis stems from Zelaya's desire to hold a referendum that could have led to extending term limits by changing the constitution, even though Congress had outlawed the vote and the Supreme Court ruled it illegal.

The takeover has drawn international condemnation, including demands by the U.N. General Assembly, OAS and European Union that Zelaya be reinstated.

Micheletti has rejected the characterization of the takeover as a coup, saying Zelaya's removal was a constitutional transfer of power.

Late Friday night President Zelaya left Honduras...here is the lates information from CNN:

LAS MANOS, Nicaragua (CNN) -- Ousted Honduran President Jose Manuel Zelaya returned to Nicaragua late Friday night after briefly entering his home country from which he was removed in a military coup nearly a month ago.

Zelaya crossed a few yards into Honduras on Friday afternoon and then hunkered down while he carried on extensive telephone conversations and press interviews.

The Honduran government said it would arrest Zelaya if he pushed further into the nation and would ask the International Red Cross to monitor his treatment.


Supporters cheer as deposed leader Jose Manuel Zelaya crosses into Honduras on Friday.

1 of 3 more photos » Provisional President Roberto Micheletti, who was sworn in hours after Zelaya was removed from office on June 28, said Friday night his country was willing to continue negotiations. Two previous rounds hosted by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias were deadlocked over the Honduran government's refusal to allow Zelaya to return to power. Watch Zelaya cross the border »

"I offered several days ago to give up my position if Mr. Zelaya would stop inciting his followers to violence," Micheletti told CNN en Español.

Micheletti said Zelaya had no intention of returning to Honduras, where he faced certain arrest by the national police. Zelaya went back to Nicaragua, Micheletti said, to keep causing problems.

"We have received information that they want to continue with these type of actions that only incite the public," he said.

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Asked in an interview with CNN en Español late Friday night why he did not go farther into Honduras, as he had vowed to do, Zelaya said he did not want to cause any violence.

"You have a correspondent here who can tell you how aggressive the military has been acting," Zelaya said.

The latest events unfolded live and in front of a multitude of TV cameras as Zelaya led a 20-vehicle convoy over two days from the Nicaraguan capital of Managua to the Honduran border. Along the way, he held news conferences and conducted numerous telephone interviews.

The highlight occurred Friday afternoon when Zelaya walked under a border chain and returned to his home soil.

"I am not afraid when I work for a just and noble cause," Zelaya said to someone on a cell phone moments after crossing the border, surrounded by scores of reporters and cheering supporters.

Honduran soldiers pulled back about 25 meters (80 feet) from the border as Zelaya stopped and continued talking on the phone.

He stopped in front of a large white sign that says, "Bienvenidos a Honduras" (Welcome to Honduras).

Zelaya remained in the area for several hours, saying he was waiting for his wife to join him. She stayed in Honduras when the military flew Zelaya out of the country during the coup.

His wife, Xiomara Castro de Zelaya, told CNN en Español that she was being kept from joining her husband. Asked what she was feeling, she said, "Anguish. Anguish is what we feel at this moment because he is a man of peace."

Moments before crossing the border, Zelaya talked briefly face to face with army Lt. Col. Luis Roicarte, with whom he had been previously talking on the phone, said CNN's Karl Penhaul.

The army officer cut off the conversation with Zelaya because he had to take a call, likely from one of his superiors.

Zelaya later recounted the conversation.

"The colonel told me, 'You can't cross the border.' I said, 'I can cross.' I crossed, shook his hand and asked for communications with his higher-ups," Zelaya said.

In Washington, the State Department issued a travel alert for Honduras and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton criticized Zelaya's actions.

"We have consistently urged all parties to avoid any provocative action that could lead to violence," Clinton said. "President Zelaya's effort to reach the border is reckless. It does not contribute to the broader efforts to restore democratic and constitutional order in the Honduras crisis."

The State Department warning "alerts American citizens to the current unstable political and security situation in Honduras, and recommends that American citizens defer all non-essential travel to Honduras until further notice."

While the drama unfolded at the border, Micheletti supporters held a large and colorful rally in San Pedro Sula.

Zelaya supporters amassed in the Honduran city of El Paraiso, about 12 kilometers (7 miles) from the border with Nicaragua. They were met there by about 1,500 police and soldiers, some of whom fired on the crowd, a correspondent for CNN en Español reported from the scene.

Two people were wounded, journalist Jorge Jimenez said.

The police and soldiers fired tear gas at the demonstrators for about 15 to 20 minutes before letting off a barrage of 15 to 20 shots, Jimenez said.

The apparent shootings happened minutes after Zelaya held a news conference on the Nicaraguan side of the border and asked police and soldiers to let him back into his country. Watch a report on Zelaya's return »

"Allow me to return to my country," Zelaya said, directly addressing his nation's police and army. "To embrace my fellow countrymen, my children, my wife, my mother."

Honduran police and soldiers set up numerous roadblocks between Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras, and the border, and established an immediate curfew in the area until 4:30 a.m.

The shootings came after the National Police director, Salomon Escoto Salinas, said in a televised news conference that cars and people were being searched for weapons.

"Our job is to maintain order of the people who are protesting," Escoto Salinas said. "If there is any vandalism, the police will act and we will apply the laws."

He declined to say in an interview with CNN en Español whether Zelaya would be arrested if he crossed into Honduras. The National Police have a plan, he said, and it will be carried out.

The Honduran political crisis stems from Zelaya's desire to hold a referendum that could have led to extending term limits by changing the constitution, even though the congress had outlawed the vote and the supreme court ruled it illegal.

The takeover has drawn international condemnation, including demands by the United Nations General Assembly, the OAS and the European Union that Zelaya be reinstated.

Micheletti has steadfastly rejected characterization of the takeover as a coup, saying Zelaya's removal was a constitutional transfer of power.


He repeated that contention Friday night.

"There has been no coup because in a coup the military remains in power," he told CNN en Español.

I call on all of the Journey readers to be in prayer for our brothers and sisters in Honduras. The country is torn…split between two leaders…and many of the people are not sure what to do. Please pray for them.
Most of today was spent watching volleyball at a Camp at Brentwood High School…I did break away at mid-day to go to a Worship Team meeting. Tonight Barbara went to a Pi Delta Reunion party at Pam Prices home. Bethany, Justin and I had dinner at Martin’s Bar-b-que Joint!
More volleyball tomorrow…as our Journey to the Son continues…





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