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Hondurans Reject Visit by Ex Colombian President

TEGUCIGALPA - Members of the National Popular Resistance Front repudiated the visit of ex Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, one of the first in recognizing the government emerged from the coup in Honduras.

Uribe, who arrived in this capital on Sunday under tight security invited by the Honduran Private Business Council, was welcomed by President Porfirio Lobo at the "Hernan Acosta Mejia" air base.

Dozens of demonstrators dressed in black staged a sit-in at the international airport in Toncontin chanting "Uribe, Murderer, Go Home" and "the united people will never be defeated."

Uribe was one of the first presidents in recognizing Lobo's government, in power since January 27 in the wake of elections carried out under institutional rupture.

According to denunciations made by members of the Front, Colombian citizens are training here paramilitary groups to crush popular movements.

"Farmers and youngsters have been murdered in collaboration with Colombia under the pretext of fighting drug trafficking," demonstrator Reinan Centeno said.

Other demonstrations have been scheduled for tomorrow outside the National Congress headquarters, where Uribe is expected to be granted an award.

Police spokesman Leonel Sauceda warned that security forces "have the right under the law to use force in case the demonstrations get out of control."

Police officers reinforced their watch in Parliament and other places of the capital, as helicopter gunships overflew the city as part of a security plan to protect the ex Colombian president, despite widespread rejection.




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