A week after elections were held in Honduras, the Central American country remains in limbo. The long-delayed vote count of the disputed elections has led to mass protests against the current government.
Opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla has vowed not to accept the official results if the win is handed to his opponent, President Juan Orlando Hernandez. Protesters are demanding a new president and an end to the debacle which has plunged the country into its worst political crisis since the 2009 coup. They are calling for a free and fair election and a commitment to democracy.
The people of Honduras are not afraid. Despite a government order to stay inside their homes from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., thousands took to the street Sunday night, banging pots and pans in what is known as a cacerolada ("banging of casserole pans" in Spanish). In many places, news reports described people cheering and inviting the police and military to join them, an act of refusal by the people to participate in a confrontation with the U.S.-backed government.
Special thanks to our friends at Witness for Peace for their input in this action alert.
Photo: Street art of Berta Caceres in Tegucigalpa, Honduras available via Pixabay.