Honduran President Manuel Zelaya has vowed to return to the country this week to reclaim office after meeting US President Barack Obama.
By Our Foreign Staff and Agencies in Tegucigalpa
Published: 12:39PM BST 30 Jun 2009
As angry supporters clashed with riot police near the presidential palace in the capital, Tegucigalpa, Mr Zelaya was busy winning international support for his return.
He told a meeting of regional leaders in the Nicaraguan capital Managua that he planned to travel to Washington, where US President Barack Obama has denounced the coup as illegal, and to New York to speak before the United Nations General Assembly.
He added: "I go to Tegucigalpa on Thursday".
Depending on whether he is allowed to enter the country, his planned return to Honduras sets up a potentially explosive showdown with the newly installed administration of the congressional leader Roberto Micheletti. He assumed the leadership following a military coup at the weekend after Mr Zelaya stated that he would call a referendum over a change to the constitution that would allow him to seek another term in office.
Mr Zelaya also accepted the offer of Jose Miguel Insulza, the head of the Organization of American States, to accompany him back to Honduras, along with leaders of other friendly countries who may wish to travel with him.
President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, who has threatened the new regime with a military intervention, urged Mr Zelaya to meet with Obama, saying the US president's attention to the matter could "deliver a major blow" to those who ousted him.
In Tegucigalpa meanwhile, hundreds of angry Zelaya supporters defied a curfew on Monday night, erecting barricades near the presidential palace.
They threw rocks and Molotov cocktails and used pipes and metal bars against shield-bearing riot police. The security forces responded with tear gas and gunfire, witnesses said.
JG: What is needed is bold, courageous and decisive actions, something that Barack Obama unfortunately is not able to do, because he represents the status quo and will defend the elites in Honduras.
A 72 hour ultimatum needs to be sent to the illegal regime in Tegucigalpa which says: you will face military actions by Latin American nations if Present Zelaya is not restored as the only constitutional and legal authority in the Central America nation.
Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Cuba must be ready to send their armies to restore Manuel Zelaya to his office. General Romeo Vazquez and Roberto Michelletti must be immediately arrested and put on trial for violating Honduras constitution.
Speeches will not restore Zelaya to power.