TEGUCIGALPA, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- Followers of ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya and police clashed on Sunday in San Pedro Sula, north of the country, during a protests against the general elections being held.
Police check the id of a supporter of ousted President Manuel Zelaya during a protest against the elections in San Pedro Sula November 29, 2009. Honduras chooses a new president on Sunday but neither Zelaya nor arch-rival and de facto leader Roberto Micheletti are running in the election, which could give a new president the chance to take Honduras beyond the political gridlock that has divided the Central American nation and cut off international aid. (Xinhua/Reuters photo)
Local radio station Radio Globo reported on Sunday that it was a peaceful protest in the Cental Park of San Pedro Sula, of some 1,000 people against the elections and to demand "freedom" and the restoration in power of Zelaya.
According to local radio station Radio Uno, the police used tanks to surround the protesters in the Park, at the time it threw them water and tear gas, the people escaped in direction to Radio uno, based in San Pedro Sula.
Radio Uno said its building is surrounded by police. This is the first incident during the electoral day, which to the moment had been carried with tranquillity.
About 4.6 million Hondurans were registered to vote on Sunday to choose the country's president, three vice presidents, 128 deputies to the National Congress, 20 members of the Central American parliament, and 298 mayors among more than 13,000 candidates.
The electoral authorities have established more than 5,200 voting centers across the country and abroad, including six centers in the United States.
Among the five presidential candidates, only two were believed to stand greater chance to win the presidency: Porfirio Lobo of the National Party and Elvin Santos of the Liberal Party.
Zelaya regrets Costa Rican president's recognition of Honduran elections
TEGUCIGALPA, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) - Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya regretted on Saturday the call of Costa Rican President Oscar Arias to the international community to recognize the general elections of Nov. 29 in Honduras.
During a phone interview, Zelaya told local radio station Radio Globo that Arias does not know the suffering of the Honduran people, who are summoned to vote on Sunday.Full story
De facto Honduran leader urges Zelaya supporters not to disrupt elections
TEGUCIGALPA, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- Honduras' de facto leader Roberto Micheletti on Saturday urged supporters of ousted president Manuel Zelaya not to carry out bombing attacks to disrupt the general elections and called on the public to stay calm.
"I beg you on my knees if it is necessary: do not set bombs to kill people," Micheletti said during an interview with local radio station HRN. "This country deserves peace, tranquility and it wants to live in democracy."Full story
Honduras policemen search a secret factory in Tegucigalpa Nov. 28, 2009. A large some of explosives were seized on Saturday during a search operation at the factory. Security measures have been enhanced as Hondurans are going to the polls on Sunday to choose their president and three vice presidents.(Xinhua Photo)