Ousted Honduran President Alleges Toxic Gas in Brazilian Embassy
By VOA News
26 September 2009
Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, who has taken refuge in Brazil's Embassy in Tegucigalpa, has accused the interim government of using toxic gas to poison those inside the embassy.
A doctor was seen treating people at the embassy Friday. Mr. Zelaya charged that gas caused breathing difficulties and bleeding.
The caretaker government of Roberto Micheletti denied sending toxic gas into the embassy. Mr. Micheletti told the Associated Press during an interview Friday that international treaties on diplomatic relations are being "obeyed in every possible way."
Mr. Micheletti accused Mr. Zelaya of taking a hardline position that is stalling talks on resolving the political crisis. He said the ousted president told negotiators the only options are "restitution or death".
Mr. Zelaya took refuge at the embassy Monday, after secretly returning to Honduras where the caretaker government has threatened to arrest him. Honduran security forces are surrounding the embassy.
The U.N. Security Council held an emergency meeting Friday and condemned what it called "acts of intimidation" by the Honduran government against the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa.
Army-backed authorities forced Mr. Zelaya out of the country nearly three months ago, saying he was trying to illegally change the constitution in order to extend his stay in power.
The international community has refused to recognize the interim government and has called for Mr. Zelaya to be reinstated with limited power until a presidential election is held.
Some information for this report was provided by AP.
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