by Miles Stryker
Early Sunday morning, June 28, two hundred soldiers attacked the residence of the Honduran president, Manuel Zelaya. After his personal bodyguards waged a brief gun battle, he was arrested. He was then spirited away by plane to nearby Costa Rica. Upon landing, he gave a press conference proclaiming that a military coup by “right-wing oligarchs” had taken place, and he called on the people of Honduras to support his democratic election (in 2005) by mobilizing in the streets to prepare the way for his return to his country and office. As of late July, he has been blocked from re-entry. Negotiations between Zelaya and the leaders of the coup are currently taking place.