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Honduras: another day of protest against President Hernandez
A protester holds up a "JOH mission" sign during a protest in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on August 6th. Elmer Martinez / AP

Thousands of protesters marched Tuesday, August 6, in the center of the Honduran capital to protest the departure of President Juan Orlando Hernandez, suspected by an American court of links with narcotrafic, in the aftermath of clashes between the police and students.

"JOH out", according to the initials of President Juan Orlando Hernandez, chanted some 10,000 protesters in the center of Tegucigalpa.

As the day before, students from the National Autonomous University of Honduras (Unah) who participated in the demonstration shot at police officers who responded with tear gas.

Suspected of receiving money for his campaigns

The event was held at the initiative of health and education officials, associated with opposition parties, via video calls broadcast on the political parties. social waters.

"We demand the departure of the dictator, whose election is not legitimate because linked to fraud," explained to Agence France-Presse the academic Edwin Hernandez.

Some opposition parties claim that President Hernandez was elected in November 2017 on the occasion of a rigged US-backed election.

Doctors and teachers, backed by students and many residents, were originally in June mobilized against two government decrees that they believe privatize health. and education.

The arrest in November of Tony Hernandez, the brother of the president, in the United States where he is to be tried for drug trafficking, has also crystallized the dissatisfaction of the population of the small country. Central America (9 million inhabitants).

President Hernandez is suspected by a New York court of receiving narcotrafic money for his election campaigns, as deputed in 2009 and as president in 2013.

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