Honduran capital tense after pro-Zelaya demonstrations

McClatchy NewspapersAugust 12, 2009 

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Thousands of protesters demanding the return of deposed President Manuel Zelaya remained camped out in Honduras' capital Wednesday after the government clamped a curfew overnight.

Authorities were bracing for another round of protests on Wednesday.

Tuesday's protests turned violent in the afternoon as demonstrators smashed the windows of a Burger King and torched a public bus.

Police launched rounds of tear gas to disperse the protesters, who spent Tuesday night at a teachers college, a center of the protests.

Tuesday's protests were the biggest since Honduras' military forcibly removed Zelaya from the country on June 28, and the Congress then voted to elect its president, Roberto Micheletti, as Honduras' president.

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