WASHINGTON (AFP) — The US government late Monday warned its citizens against travel to Honduras, saying the recent military coup has led to an "unstable political and security situation" there.
"The Department of State alerts US citizens to the current unstable political and security situation in Honduras, and recommends that American citizens defer all non-essential travel to Honduras until further notice," it said in a statement.
The State Department also warned those Americans already in the Central American country to stay close to their homes or hotels "unless their travel is of a life or death nature, or a scheduled departure from Honduras," and it urged them to abide by a dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed by the country's new leader.
Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was ousted in a coup Sunday morning after being bundled out of bed by soldiers at the presidential compound and flown into exile.
Hundreds of Zelaya supporters took to the streets around the presidential palace Monday, erecting makeshift barricades, throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails and accosting shield-bearing riot police with pipes and metal bars.
Security forces cracked down on the protesters with tear gas and gunfire, and several demonstrators and security forces were wounded in the clashes, an AFP photographer said.
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