Honduran Military, Protesters Clash in Fresh Election Riots

Remigio Civitarese
Gennaio 23, 2018

United Nations spokesman Elizabeth Throsell had urged the Central American government to adhere to worldwide human rights laws and avoid using force to surpress the protests, but that call was ignored.

A video has emerged showing female protesters twerking against riot police during demonstrations in Honduras.

At least one person died as security forces launched tear gas against rock-throwing supporters of the center-left Opposition Alliance Against the Dictatorship and tried to clear impromptu roadblocks of burning tires they had set across the capital Tegucigalpa and around the country, according to police sources and TV images. The death occurred in the northern town of Saba.

In response to the attacks, Salvador Nasralla, leader of the Opposition Alliance and former presidential candidate, tweeted: "The Honduran military (maintained by the people's army) continue repressing the poor people who demand respect towards their will expressed at the ballot box on the November 26".

Thousands of people have been participating in the protests since the 25 November election won by Incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernandez, a staunch U.S. ally.

The sitting president overcame Nasralla's original five percent lead with more than half the ballots counted - a lead experts had said would be irreversible.

Supporters of presidential challenger Salvador Nasralla of the Honduran Opposition Alliance Against the Dictatorship clash with police in Tegucigalpa on Saturday 20 January
Honduran Military, Protesters Clash in Fresh Election Riots

The 49-year-old, who took office in 2013, is the first president to run for a second term after a ban was lifted by the country's supreme court.

Thousands of people took to the streets in rival demonstrations following the election.

Hernandez is due to take office on January 27.

"We have to stay in the streets", said former President Manuel Zelaya, who was ousted in a 2009 coup and is one of the opposition leaders.

United Nations spokeswoman Elizabeth Throssell called on authorities to avoid using the military police and the armed forces to respond to demonstrations, a function the world body insisted they were neither trained nor equipped to perform. "We need to be permanently mobilized to keep up the pressure and prevent the dictator from installing himself", says Zelaya.

Washington has poured millions of dollars into the country, as well as El Salvador and Guatemala, to improve security conditions.

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