Many commentators have been wondering what Zelaya can achieve by returning to Honduras as he has.
But perhaps we are asking the wrong question. What can Micheletti hope to do now?
Rodolfo Pastor Fasquelle notes that
perhaps equally important is that people are not obeying the curfew, the are on the streets and in the highways... if by tomorrow at this time we are all still there, the battle is won...My initial response was to doubt that the demonstrators hanging on for a day would make so much difference.
But the reports from around the Embassy are of undiminished crowds, ignoring the attempt, as another Honduran friend says, to turn "the entire country into a large prison".
And what more can Micheletti really do? The eyes of the world are on the crowds in Tegucigalpa. Ordering the security forces to remove the crowd runs the risk of exposing the fiction of a peaceful, constitutional government in a way never so clear in the past months. And there is always the possibility that the security forces might decide not to follow orders.
Micheletti cannot violate the embassy; to do so would provide a basis for international reaction. And he can no longer maintain the illusion that there is no support for Zelaya's restoral.
As announcers on Radio Globo are saying as I write this, there are not enough jails to contain all the people gathered to support the restoral of the constitutional President. Radio announcers have suggested the crowds run into the tens of thousands.
The lawyers for the Resistance, meanwhile, have filed an appeal with the Supreme Court challenging the curfew, which was imposed, yet again, without proper processes.
At some point, the people supporting the de facto regime will have to decide to cut their losses and start negotiating. Micheletti, who has rejected every potential overture, and now has added a demand that Oscar Arias no longer be a mediator, will have to be ignored and someone else step forward to speak for the coup factions.
Update:Voselsoberano has published a call from the Resistance Front time-stamped 10:25 PM. In it, they call for members of the resistance from across the country to come to Tegucigalpa. And their goal is not merely to start negotiation on the San Jose Accord: restoring the President is only a first step to the reformation of the country, through constitutional reform:
Therefore, the National Front Against the Coup d'Etat summons all the members of the resistance on the national level to mobilize toward the capital of the Republic, specifically the Embassy of Brazil, to support President Zelaya, guarantee the process of refounding of the country and demand in a peaceful manner the establishment of the National Constituent Assembly.The Cuarta Urna would have been a lot slower; in retrospect, the coup regime may wonder why they took their foolish steps on such a mild and measured approach to what now can be demanded as the cost of restored civic order.
Por ello, el Frente Nacional Contra el Golpe de Estado convoca a todos los miembros de la resistencia a nivel a nacional para que se movilicen hacia la capital de la república, específicamente a la Embajada de Brasil, para apoyar al presidente Zelaya, garantizar el proceso de refundación del país y exigir de manera pacífica el establecimiento de la Asamblea Nacional Constituyente.