Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya has returned to his country and it is igniting more political fireworks.
Zelaya supporters surrounded Brazil's embassy, where the former president is staying, dancing, cheering and using their cell phones to light up the streets.
"We're here to support him and protect him, and we're going to stay here as long as it's physically possible," said Carlos Salgado, a 43-year-old jewerly maker from Zelaya's home state of Olancho.
But interim President Roberto Micheletti quickly called on Brazil's government to respect the judicial order against Zelaya and to turn him over to Honduran authorities.
Zelaya said he tried to establish contact with the interim government to start negotiations on a solution to the standoff that began in June. He was arrested by an order of the Supreme Court on charges of treason and abuse of power.
"As of now, we are beginning to seek dialogue," Zelaya told reporters by telephone.
Recent talks stalled over the interim government's refusal to reinstate Zelaya to the presidency under a power-sharing agreement.