Hondurans Take Sides and Hit the Streets

In the wake of the military coup that ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya on June 28, the country is split between those who support his return and those who are glad to see him gone. Now both sides are protesting in the streets

Esteban Felix / AP

Supporters of ousted President Zelaya clash with soldiers in Honduras' capital.

Two plazas. Two demonstrations. One street apart. At the first demonstration, an angry crowd pushes against the soldiers who surround Congress's headquarters in the Honduran capital. The protesters with sun-scorched faces and hardened hands cry out about the misery of the Honduran poor. And they chant the name of the one man they say has helped them: President Manuel Zelaya, whom they fondly call "Mel." One hundred yards away, marchers in neat white T shirts and designer sunglasses calmly sing the country's national anthem. They accuse Zelaya of being a polarizing class warrior. And they applaud the troops who stormed his...

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