Protests against Honduran leader’s re-election turn violent
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Protests against the re-election of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez have turned violent with security forces firing tear gas and some marchers breaking windows and setting fires.
Video from Friday’s protests showed former President Manuel Zelaya being shoved by military police. Zelaya and defeated presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla also suffered the effects of tear gas.
Hernandez was awarded the electoral win weeks after the November vote and a disputed vote tally. The opposition alleged fraud and plans to continue protesting through Hernandez’s swearing in on Jan. 27.
Security forces and protesters were injured during the clash. Miguel Osorio, spokesman at the University School Hospital, says 10 people were treated there.
Hernandez blamed the opposition for the violence, noting that protesters had damaged the nearby Marriott hotel.