Clashes erupt as Hondurans celebrate independence day

16 September 2019
2019-09-16 13:59

in the capital Tegucigalpa, a protest led by the opposition was marred by clashes between government opponents and riot policemen on Sunday. It came while Hondurans marked their independence from Spain. Members of this opposition march said they were unable to mark their independence due to a "corrupt" government in power.

They urged Honduran President Hernandez to step down, a month after he was forced to deny taking money from drug gangs to secure his election in 2013.

A court filing was published a month ago in which U.S. prosecutors alleged that Hernandez's 2013 presidential bid had been partly funded by money from drug traffickers. Hernandez rejected the allegations, casting himself as the victim of a smear campaign by drug gangs and accusing political opponents of colluding with gangsters to discredit him. ex-president Zelaya on Sunday called the government a "criminal dictatorship."

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