Vehicle chaos, looted and vandalized businesses: the balance of the violent demonstrations in Honduras

The Defense and Security Council of the government of Honduras, coordinated by President Juan Orlando Hernández, meets on Thursday in the face of popular mobilizations and police protests that unleash ...

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(CNN Spanish) - The Defense and Security Council of the government of Honduras, coordinated by President Juan Orlando Hernández, meets on Thursday before the popular demonstrations and police protests that unleashed chaos in Tegucigalpa all afternoon and evening on Wednesday.

Protesters protesting against the government of Hernandez blocked the main roads of the city while a group of officers of the National Directorate of Special Forces of the National Police declared themselves "arms down" denouncing violations of their labor and human rights inside the institution.

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Before the complaint of the special forces, leaders of the police in press conference explained that the agents in protest represent only 10% of the public force and that they are working to reach an agreement. However, the group of policemen, mostly from the basic scale, joined the anti-government demonstrations, citing in a statement "discontent and discontent with the government over the current crisis."

The lack of police control allowed protesters to block the streets for hours and carry out tire burning, unleashing vehicular disorder that affected much of the capital. In addition, several businesses reported looting.

After the lack of members of the special forces of the police, the Military Police, took control of public order and reports, according to its spokesmen, the detention of 24 people after the day of protests.

According to Julieth Chavarría, spokesperson for the Hospital Escuela in Tegucigalpa, one of the main public hospitals in the country, 21 people, including a minor, entered the hospital on Wednesday night with multiple injuries. Two of them died. Chavarría explained that authorities and representatives of human rights are determining if these cases are directly linked to the demonstrations.

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Public and private universities in the country suspended academic activities on Thursday.

The demonstrations on Wednesday present a new challenge to the government of Hernandez that faces protest from different sectors since May, when workers from the ministries of health and education demanded in the streets the repeal of decrees that could open the door to the privatization of both sectors.

This week there was also work stoppage by workers of heavy cargo transport that was resolved on Wednesday after the signing of an agreement with the government. The carriers blocked roads nationwide, which caused nervousness among Hondurans due to a possible shortage of fuel and merchandise. Before the Hernandez administration reached an agreement with the truck drivers, capitalists made long lines to buy fuel that resulted in some gas stations awoke unsupplied this Thursday.

The head of the US business in Honduras, Heide Fulton, posted on her Twitter account that "she has the confidence that Hondurans can resolve their differences with dialogue and in a peaceful way for the good of the entire country.

Juan Orlando Hernández

ref: cnnespanol