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Hondurans against Zelaya, but for the rule of law

Young professionals are struck with uncertainty. They want any political transition to be based on democratic principles.

Ousted Honduras' President Manuel Zelaya gestures during a press conference Monday at the Honduran embassy in Managua, Nicaragua. Zelaya was kept from landing in Honduras' main airport Sunday because the runway was blocked by soldiers with military vehicles.

Miguel Alvarez/AP

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Alejandro Alvarez is no fan of ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya. The Internet consultant joined a group of young business leaders, lawyers, and analysts that formed weeks ago to stop Mr. Zelaya from operating outside the constitutional framework.

The group, called Generation for Change, formed as self-appointed guardians of the rule of law. They were so angry at the prospect of Zelaya scrapping term limits that they staged an outrageous protest: four men – wearing nothing but underwear, boots, large cowboy hats, and mustaches - marched on the presidential palace in a clear mockery of their president.

But when Mr. Alvarez awoke June 28 to the news that a coup had taken place in his homeland, his heart thumped. "No, it can't be possible," he thought. "They made a huge mistake."

The Honduran conflict is mostly painted in black and white. On the one hand is a deposed leader, sent to Costa Rica in his pajamas, with a base of supporters at home and world leaders calling for his reinstatement. On the other is a de facto interim government, led by Roberto Micheletti, defending its government as constitutional.

But many young citizens, such as Alvarez, fall somewhere in the middle, a group of undecideds who worry that moves by both Honduran leaders have caused irreparable damage to democracy in their country.


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