In this video footage released by CNN on Friday, protesters en route to a rally in support of former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya find their travels cut short when a troop of soldiers, apparently representing the same military force that ousted Zelaya last Sunday and replaced him with Roberto Micheletti, move in and shoot out their bus tires.
According to CNN, the video was made by a Zelaya supporter using a cell phone camera in Limones, about 70 miles outside the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa.
Another video of the same incident was posted on the Youtube Internet site Thursday under the title “Golpe de estado en Honduras” (Coup in Honduras).
CNN reporters in Honduras have received reports from Zelaya supporters who say troops have stopped buses bringing protesters from the countryside to prevent them from attending rallies in Tegucigalpa.
Honduran military officials said they were unaware of any such incidents.
“I have not been informed of this incident. I cannot confirm or deny it,” Honduran Army spokesman Col. Ramiro Archaga told CNN by phone.
The military’s main job is to protect the nation’s borders, Archaga said, “not guaranteeing internal security.”
Hector Ivan Mejia, spokesman for the Security Ministry, said he had no information of buses being fired upon.
“Protesters will be arrested for vandalic acts but they will not simply be stopped on their way to protests,” Mejia said.