September 22, 2009 / 1:20 PM / in 10 years

Honduras police disband pro-Zelaya demonstration

A supporter of Honduras' ousted President Manuel Zelaya shouts slogans outside the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa September 21, 2009. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Honduran police dispersed hundreds of supporters on Tuesday outside the Brazilian embassy where ousted President Manuel Zelaya took refuge after sneaking back into the country in a bid to return to power.

A Reuters photographer at the embassy said police fired tear gas at the protesters and at least two tear gas canisters landed inside the embassy compound.

Zelaya remained inside the embassy and accused police of preparing an attack.

“The embassy is surrounded by police and the military ... I foresee bigger acts of aggression and violence, that they could be capable of even invading the Brazilian embassy,” Zelaya said in an interview with Venezuelan broadcaster Telesur.

A police spokesman said all the protesters had been dispersed and that an all day curfew would remain in effect.

Reporting by Edgar Garrido and Gustavo Palencia; Editing by Kieran Murray

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