Honduran Riot Police Refuse to Carry Out Crackdown on Opposition Protests After “Illegal” Election
<a href="http://www.democracynow.org/2017/12/5/honduran_riot_police_refuse_to_carry"><img alt="_s3_honduras-election1" src="https://www.democracynow.org/images/story/63/39763/w320/_S3_Honduras-election1.jpg" style="float:right; padding-left:5px;" /></a>National police in the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa—including elite U.S.-trained units—refused to impose a nighttime curfew Monday night that was ordered by incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernández after days of protests over allegations of fraud in the country’s disputed election. The move comes after at least three people were killed as Honduran security forces opened fire on the protests Friday night in Tegucigalpa. Protests erupted last week after the government-controlled electoral commission stopped tallying votes from the November 26 election, after the count showed opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla ahead by more than 5 percentage points. The commission now says Hernández has pulled ahead of Nasralla, by 42.98 percent to 41.39 percent, after a recount of suspicious votes. This comes as Nasralla and international observers are calling on the Honduras electoral commission—which is controlled by President Hernández—to carry out a recount. We speak with Allan Nairn, award-winning investigative journalist; Sarah Kinosian, a Honduras-based reporter; and Congressmember Jan Schakowsky, who represents the 9th District of Illinois. Her op-ed published in The New York Times is headlined “The Honduran Candidate.”
Syndicated from Democracy Now! which can be read here.