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Honduran interim government orders border curfew, conflicts erupt in some areas

2009-07-25 10:10 BJT

TEGUCIGALPA, July 24 (Xinhua) -- Honduras' post-coup interim government on Friday imposed an emergency curfew on the country's southern border with Nicaragua and western border with EL Salvador, apparently aimed at blocking any possible attempt to return by ousted President Manuel Zelaya.

The curfew at the bordering areas will be from 12:00 a.m. on Friday (1800 GMT) to 06:00 a.m. local time of Saturday (1200 GMT).For the rest of the country the coup will be from 00:00 a.m. (0600GMT) to 06:00 a.m. local time (1200 GMT).

Meanwhile, Xinhua correspondents at the Honduran-Nicaraguan border in La Manos sector witnessed that conflicts broke out between some of the pro-Zelaya demonstrators and the Honduran military and police.

Soldiers and police fired warning gunshots into the air and hurled tear gas at the crowd, causing a certain degree of chaos on the scene.

The soldiers have set at least 18 military check point from Tegucigalpa to the border with Nicaragua.

People's organization started to arrive in the area since Thursday to welcome and guard Zelaya in his return.

Meanwhile, the Armed Forces said in a communique that "we can not be responsible for the security of the people who encourage the violence in the country and are targets even of their followers with the only propose of turn them into martyrs."

The Armed Forces added that they "support all the orders give by the competent authorities, therefore they under the order of the public powers and general organs of the State."

Editor: Shi Taoyang | Source: Xinhua