Letters from Honduras (23/09/09 night)

Things in Honduras are complicated, tonight the curfew continues until six in the morning tomorrow, the 24th September.

The population are demonstrating throughout the country, especially in the capital, breaking the curfew.

This afternoon there was a demonstration with thousands of people, thank God there were no violent incidents to report.

The UN and the OAS have agreed to appoint a group of foreign ministers to come to Honduras to try to achieve a return to democracy, we hope they will arrive soon.

Businesses opened here today for six hours but it was not enough for the avalanche of people who needed to stock up on food and water. Chaos has taken hold of the people. But the news that the foreign ministers are arriving is filling us with hope that a solution is possible.

Please communicate this to all your friends so that international pressure will enable a return to democracy and stop the bloodshed.

The religious brothers here in Honduras are giving encouragement and hope from Franciscan spirituality.

We have a tense night ahead as the demonstrations continue.

I thank you for your solidarity with these people in this situation. As I said last night people are arriving at hospitals with bullet wounds from weapons being used by police. In some cases they are using real bullets and firing them at civilians.

The area around the Brazilian embassy continues to be militarized and no one is allowed to get close to the building, especially demonstrators in support of President Zelaya.

We will keep you informed.

We pray that our holy mother intercedes for us and that men of good will find a path of dialogue to solve this situation which is leading Honduras into even deeper poverty.

Peace and Goodwill.

Posted by HondurasL

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