TEGUCIGALPA – Honduras started Monday with the violent occupation of streets in its largest cities that brought traffic to a halt in protest against the Supreme Electoral Court (TSE) for its official declaration on Sunday that current President Juan Orlando Hernandez is the new president-elect.
The protests are a continuation of those initiated Sunday night, some with vandalism, after the TSE announced the results of the Nov. 20 general elections, which were not accepted by the Opposition Alliance against the Dictatorship, whose candidate, Salvador Nasralla, said the announced results were a “fraud.”
In Tegucigalpa, protesters blocked traffic with stones, burning tires and piles of garbage, while police and military pickets tried to clear the streets.
Security forces removed the obstacles to motor traffic on Monday from some boulevards that protesters had blocked the night before.
Set on fire in San Pedro Sula – the country’s second largest city and the one with the biggest industrial growth – were a bank, an office in the law court building, a vehicle and several businesses, some of which were looted.
The city dawned Monday with its roads leading out of town to the north, south, east and west all closed.
The demonstrators parked trucks across one of the thoroughfares to keep cars from circulating, which has forced hundreds of people to walk long distances to work.
One of the transportation companies connecting Tegucigalpa with San Pedro Sula announced that all its routes between the country’s two most important cities were inoperative.
Lawmaker Hari Dixon of the LIBRE party, who took part in one of the roadblocks in Tegucigalpa, said “the people will continue to defend in the streets the victory of Salvador Nasralla.”