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Body of Honduran man found after Zelaya's symbolic return
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11:32, July 26, 2009

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The dead body of a Honduran young man, a supporter of the ousted President Manuel Zelaya, was found on Saturday near the border with apparent knife wounds, one day after Zelaya's symbolic return to his country.

Xinhua reporters witnessed the victim, the 24-year-old Pedro Magdiel Martinez lying in a corn field, some 500 meters away from the highway in El Paraiso town bordering Nicaragua, where anti-riot police used tear gas to stop hundreds of Zelaya's supporters from marching towards the frontier on Friday.

In Pedro's twisted dead body were knife wounds and signs of his being tortured.

The dead's acquaintances told Xinhua that he was arrested by the police on Friday and disappeared ever since.

He and many other "Zelayistas" gathered on Friday in El Paraiso, some 10 kilometers from the border line with Nicaragua, in an attempt to give the ousted state chief a "welcome-home," yet suffered a clash with the police who fired tear gas towards the pro-Zelaya demonstrators.

Two have been confirmed injured in the clash by late Friday.

Zelaya on Friday made what he called "symbolic entry" into Honduras after a nearly month-long exile since June 28 when he was forced out of the country by militaries and later replaced by former Congress Speaker Roberto Micheletti.

Surrounded by a caravan of international media, Zelaya crossed the border into Honduras from Nicaragua's Las Manos and stayed for about an hour and half in neutral areas, trying to make a dialogue with Romeo Vasquez, head of Honduras' Armed Forces.

Receiving no response from the militaries, Zelaya returned to Nicaragua "for prudence's sake" and his wife, Xiomara Castro, told Xinhua on Saturday that Zelaya who spent Friday night in Nicaragua's Ocotal, is now studying alternative routes to come back to his country.

Meanwhile reports from Honduras said Zelaya has returned to the Honduran border on Saturday and announced he would set up camp there.

His return on Friday was criticized by many foreign leaders to be imprudent and even "reckless" as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had commented.


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