Honduras' Zelaya meets Mexican president
Mexico's President Felipe Calderon (R) hosts a welcoming ceremony for the visiting Honduras' ousted President Manuel Zelaya in Mexico City, capital of Mexico, August 4, 2009. Zelaya is on a two-day official visit in Mexico. (Xinhua/Bao Feifei)
Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya on Tuesday praised the ongoing peaceful resistance in his country to the government that forced him from office.
At a joint press conference with Mexican President Felipe Calderon, Zelaya called the resistance "unheard-of" and thanked the Mexican leader for his support.
"I don't believe in Talion's law of an eye for an eye. I take a pacifist position," said the deposed Honduran leader.
Speaking on the steps of Mexico's presidential palace, Los Pinos, Zelaya said that his camp in Ocotal, a town on the Nicaraguan border with Honduras, was a symbol of peaceful resistance, adding that that his followers did not respond to violence from Honduras' post-coup government with violence, but responded with peaceful means.
He also noted that his movement was based on article three of Honduras' Constitution, which stipulates that "no one should obey a government that takes office by force of arms." "Insurgency is aright enshrined in the Constitution and I am calling for a peaceful insurgency," he stressed.
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