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Protesters Set Fire to US Embassy in Honduras in Second Day of Demonstrations
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=50910"><span class="small">Gustavo Palencia, Reuters</span></a>   
Sunday, 02 June 2019 08:23

Palencia writes: "Protesters torched the access gate to the U.S. Embassy in the Honduran capital on Friday during a second day of major protests against President Juan Orlando Hernandez."

A demonstrator throws back tear gas canister fired by riot police during a protest against President Juan Orlando Hernandez government's plans to privatize healthcare and education, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras May 31, 2019. (photo: Jorge Cabrera/Reuters)
A demonstrator throws back tear gas canister fired by riot police during a protest against President Juan Orlando Hernandez government's plans to privatize healthcare and education, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras May 31, 2019. (photo: Jorge Cabrera/Reuters)


Protesters Set Fire to US Embassy in Honduras in Second Day of Demonstrations

By Gustavo Palencia, Reuters

02 June 19

 

rotesters torched the access gate to the U.S. Embassy in the Honduran capital on Friday during a second day of major protests against President Juan Orlando Hernandez.

The protesters set fire to the entrance of the building in downtown ​​Tegucigalpa with about a dozen tires after dousing them with fuel, Reuters witnesses and fire services officials said. A fire department official said there were no damage to the embassy apart from the access gate.

    The attack came on the second day of protests over decrees by Hernandez that his critics argue will lead to the privatization of public services.

The demonstrators were pushed toward the embassy after being dispersed from a nearby commercial zone by police nearby, though it was not immediately clear why they attacked the building.

The protesters chanted “American trash, American trash” outside the embassy, which was not being guarded at the time.

A court filing earlier this week showed that Hernandez had been investigated by U.S. authorities as part of a drug trafficking and money laundering probe linked to his brother. The president has not been charged with any crime.

Hernandez has faced stiff opposition in Honduras since he claimed a second term in a highly divisive election at the end of 2017 which was heavily criticized by international observers and which his opponents say he stole.

Hernandez, a conservative ally of the U.S. government, rode out protests against his re-election after he was recognized as the victor by countries including the United States.

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+7 # BetaTheta 2019-06-02 09:22
It would seem to be pretty clear why they attacked that building. The U.S. is the major source of most of their misery, and has been since the days of the United Fruit Company.
 
 
+6 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-06-02 10:23
Could it be any clearer that the US is the root cause of the crisis in Honduras that is causing so many people to flee from the nation? The US installed military dictator (with the fig leaf of rigged elections) is doing just what all US installed military dictators do -- privatize everything. Make the world a profitable place for US corporations.

Every dollar taken out of Honduras by a US corporation is a dollar that does not go to feed Honduran children, or build schools, or develop the society.

US policy toward all of Latin America needs deep change.
 
 
+6 # Kootenay Coyote 2019-06-02 13:09
‘The demonstrators were pushed toward the embassy… by police nearby, though it was not immediately clear why they attacked the building.’

‘it was not immediately clear’…Yes it’s a real mystery why they would attack the office of a nation that had dominated their own, saddled them with dictators for a century, looted their agriculture, afflicted them with drugs, sold weapons to their corrupt government, & is presently imprisoning & tormenting their family refugees from this chaos in concentration camps. Why should that upset anyone?
 
 
+4 # PABLO DIABLO 2019-06-02 13:23
Hillary Clinton = the gift that keeps on giving in Honduras.
 
 
+5 # jlarson 2019-06-02 14:19
Why if Hernendez is an "ally" of the US would there have been an "investigation" of him "by U.S. authorities as part of a drug trafficking and money laundering probe"? When did that happen and what became of it?
If you know, please fill in this memory gap.
 
 
0 # DongiC 2019-06-03 04:16
Another one of the US satellites is in trouble. The Empire is coming undone---slowly .
 
 
-1 # RLF 2019-06-03 04:26
Thank You Barack and Hillary for recognizing this piece of crap government so fast! Who was it that paid you? Did United Fruit buy 100,000 copies of your book Mr. ex-president?
 
 
0 # thehodges1 2019-06-06 14:43
It is about time for all of Americans to look at what is happening now in this country and stop looking at what went before since our country is going down the toilet now.