Over the weekend the Honduran government after a questioned election had to suspend constitutional rights as well as order the Honduran military to administer the recently implemented curfew along with the task to disperse any protestors. As the election which was questioned was the powder keg that led the Central American country into a state of peril in both political and social terms. Likewise, it was reported by the associated press that the main opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla wanted the elections to be redone this can be seen in the quote, “I have asked them to repeat the elections, but only those for the presidency, with the aim of resolving the crisis that Honduras is suffering” (NPR). Following the results of the election, many of Nasrallah’s supporters took to the streets to protest the outcome of the election. Many of which stated that the elections were manipulated so then US-friendly President Juan Orlando Hernandez would ultimately stay put as Honduras’s President.
Because of the impending violence, the government implemented a curfew for 10 days on Friday from 6 pm till 6 am. However, the curfew has not halted messages from being disseminated calling for mass protests to occur this past weekend. The reason being is because Social media is being used widely in Honduras by the opposition supporters. Likewise, during a protest in the Capital of Honduras, there was a fatality 19-year-old Kimberly Dayana Fonseca. Moreover, violence sadly is rather a common thread in Honduras due to the reason that the country is one of the most violent areas in the western hemisphere due to gangs and drug violence. Moreover, current President Hernandez represents the right-wing National Party was criticized by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace think tank in one of their most recent reports. In which they stated that Hernandez was making every effort to consolidate power and the government under the wings of his right-winged National party. In addition, however, after being elected to his first presidential term Hernandez took a tough anti-crime push, which helped him garner support among Honduras.
Moreover, prior to the elections, it was reported that electoral fraud had been spreading and not only that but the British magazine The Economist reported that allegedly Hernandez’s party members were planning to rig the elections so then Hernandez would win his second term. In addition, it took more than a good ten hours till the electoral commission released any results from the election, and when they did release the initial results Hernandez was reported to have had 40% of the votes while his competitor had approximately 45% of the votes. Yet, the electoral commission failed to completely disseminate the results thus this made “European Union election observers to place pressure on officials for a quicker release of information” (NPR).
Furthermore, these events have many Hondurans reminiscing 2009 as a very similar manifestation had taken place. The manifestation was the Honduran political crisis, which saw a coup d’état overthrow, President Manuel Zelaya.