The political crisis in Honduras has left at least a dozen dead, an undetermined number of wounded and injured people, more than 500 detainees and millions in losses to the country’s economy.
Among the dead are two policemen in the community of Río Tinto, in the Olancho municipality. The two officers were shot during an operation under the state of emergency in effect since Friday, due to violent demonstrations and vandalism unleashed in several cities.
Additionally, the street protests have left dozens of small, medium and large businesses totally or partially destroyed, some of them burned down.
Law enforcement agencies have arrested more than 500 people during the night between Wednesday and Sunday. Some would have been released at times that the state of emergency does not apply, while others will be referred to the courts for violating the laws, according to the Security Ministry. The Opposition Alliance accuses the state security forces of violent deaths.
International organizations speak up
The European Union Election Observation Missions (EUEOMs) supported the request for the recount of votes in the recent presidential elections in Honduras made by the Alliance of Opposition against the Dictatorship.
UEOMs chief Marisa Matías MEP said at a press conference “We understand that to guarantee transparency in this process and ensure that the Honduran people’s vote is respected, the Supreme Electoral Court must have full flexibility in accepting the requests of the political parties.”
The UN called for calm and moderation in the wake of disputes arising after the elections and trusts that they will be resolved through legal channels.
In addition, the UN reported that its Secretary General, António Guterres, is following this process closely and sees “with concern” the violent incidents that have taken place as a result of the differences arising from the data of the ballot. Remember that the best way to resolve “reports of irregularities” is to do so within the parameters set in the Constitution “and the institutional channels.”