Honduras is the site of widespread social and political unrest following the country’s highly contested November 26 presidential election. The Opposition Alliance Against the Dictatorship in Honduras, or La Alianza, called for a week-long general strike against the re-election of incumbent Juan Orlando Hernández of the Partido Nacional ahead of his inauguration on January 27. Tens of thousands of protesters are once again in the streets building barricades in cities and towns across the country to denounce alleged fraud in the presidential election.
The protesters face intense repression from state forces. On December 1, the administration declared a state of siege, suspending the constitution and deploying the military and military police to discourage nightly protests and roadblocks. By the end of the month, the repression led to at least 30 deaths, according to the human rights organization Committee of Relatives of the Disappeared in Honduras.
“The government prepared for [the general strike], and they have been repressing the protests,” says Sabillón. “The government has not responded to any calls for dialogue. To the contrary, the government is trying to guarantee the [fraud].”
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