Honduras: Waiting Game

A standoff with guerrillas

For a week, Hondurans anxiously watched the stalemate in the northern industrial town of San Pedro Sula There, in the local Chamber of Commerce auditorium, leftist guerrillas held hostage scores of the country's leading businessmen and three top government officials. Outside, the army stood guard holding its fire, but working on the guerrillas' nerves during the long nights by banging garbage-can lids and throwing stones on the auditorium's tin roof. Whether they willed it or not, Hondurans were being drawn more deeply into the political turmoil that plagues...

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