TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) – 1000’s of protesters took to the streets of the capital on Tuesday to induce Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez to step down, simply days after he was compelled to disclaim taking cash from drug gangs to safe his election in 2013.
Demonstrators participate in a march in opposition to Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras August 6, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera
The premises of a minimum of three companies within the metropolis had been set on fireplace after protests turned violent, officers stated, and riot police clashed with demonstrators whereas making an attempt to disperse the group with tear gasoline and water cannons.
“The narco should go, JOH should go!” protesters chanted, utilizing the president’s initials, as they marched by way of central Tegucigalpa towards Congress.
A courtroom submitting was revealed late final week wherein U.S. prosecutors alleged that Hernandez’s 2013 presidential bid had been partly funded by cash from drug traffickers.
The doc filed to the U.S. Southern District courtroom of New York stated the Hernandez marketing campaign obtained $1.5 million from “drug proceeds” that had been used to bribe native officers in change for defense and the completion of public works.
Hernandez rejected the allegations, casting himself because the sufferer of a smear marketing campaign by drug gangs he had focused, and accusing political opponents, comparable to ex-president Manuel Zelaya, of colluding with gangsters to discredit him.
Protesters attacked police with sticks and stones close to to Congress after officers deployed tear gasoline, and a Purple Cross official stated that 5 individuals had been handled for accidents.
Fireplace service spokesman Cesar Trochez stated “three business companies caught fireplace” throughout the clashes, including that the causes for the blazes had been below investigation.
The demonstration in opposition to Hernandez was known as by the Platform for the Protection of Training and Public Well being, a coalition of commerce unionists and public employees which have sought the president’s ouster over his plans for public providers.
A conservative ally of the USA, Hernandez has come below growing stress since his youthful brother Tony was arrested in Miami in November on drug trafficking costs.
Reporting by Gustavo Palencia; enhancing by Dave Graham and G Crosse