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Experiments with truth: 9/22/09

Ousted President Manuel Zelaya sneaked back into Honduras on Monday almost three months after he was toppled in a coup, and took refuge in the Brazilian embassy to avoid arrest by the de facto government. Several thousand Zelaya supporters gathered outside while a military helicopter clattered overhead and a small group of police stood some 100 yards (meters) away.

Ousted President Manuel Zelaya snuck back into Honduras on Monday almost three months after he was toppled in a coup, and took refuge in the Brazilian embassy to avoid arrest. Several thousand Zelaya supporters gathered outside while a military helicopter clattered overhead and a small group of police stood some 100 yards away.

  • Dozens of “flash-mob” events took place yesterday in Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa and across Canada as part of a global campaign highlighting the importance of a UN climate conference in New York this week. Over 2,600 similar events were held around the world in more than 130 countries.
  • On the 199th anniversary of the independence of Mexico last week, more than 1000 members of the National Socialist Front (FNLS) marched from Mazapa de Madero to Motozintla in the Sierra of Chiapas. The marchers demanded respect for their position of “strong rejection to mining activity” in the region.
  • Riot police in Kashmir used tear gas Monday to disperse hundreds of anti-India protesters on Eid al-Fitr, the Islamic festival marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
  • Union members of the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation (SIBC) staged a 12-hour sit-in last Friday over a number of issues relating to the senior management’s entitlements, their benefits and outstanding non-payments of their National Provident Fund (NPF) contributions and delay in salary payments.
  • Fifty-eight inmates at the Chengalpet Sri Lankan refugee camp in Tamil Nadu, India went on an indefinite hunger strike on Sunday morning demanding their immediate release. The inmates have been languishing in the camp for years without the government framing charge sheets, which has prevented them from approaching the court for any sort of relief.