Honduras police clash with students demanding president’s ouster
Police in Honduras fired tear gas at hundreds of student protesters who blocked a major road in the capital Tegucigalpa as they called for the resignation of President Juan Orlando Hernandez, who just finished the first year of his second term.
“Get out, JOH,” shouted the students, who threw rocks and burned tires to block the road in front of the National Autonomous University of Honduras, in the eastern part of Tegucigalpa.
Many of the protesters had their faces concealed behind masks or scarves.
The tear gas fired by anti-riot police forced the students to retreat onto the campus, while they threw stones.
No injuries were immediately reported.
The demonstrations in violence-wracked Honduras came one day after opposition leftists took to the streets, answering a protest call by ex-president Manuel Zelaya to urge the conservative Hernandez to step down.
Sunday’s protests brought thousands into the streets across the country. Police also used tear gas in some instances to clear the protest areas.
Hernandez began his second term on Jan. 27, 2018 after being re-elected in a November 2017 vote decried as fraudulent by the Zelaya-led opposition alliance.
This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.
You may be interested
Slothy Sunday: Happy International Sloth Day!Toucan Rescue Ranch - October 20, 2019
Today, animal lovers, especially sloth lovers, rejoice! It is not only a very Slothy Sunday but also, International Sloth Day.…
Drunk driver kills three U.S. tourists in car accident in Costa RicaAFP and The Tico Times - October 20, 2019
Three United States tourists and a Costa Rican died when the minibus in which they were traveling collided head-on with…
Protests over socioeconomic conditions ravage ChilePaulina Abramovich / AFP - October 19, 2019
Chileans angry over social and economic woes banged pots and pans Saturday in a noisy but peaceful continuation of violent…