Demonstrators protest up against a line of military police during Juan Orlando Hernández’s inauguration for a second term in office. Tegucigalpa, Honduras, January 27, 2018. Photo by Heather Gies
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Honduran Congress Deepens Authoritarianism by Legalizing Political Corruption

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández was sworn in for a second term Saturday amid ongoing protests and cries of election fraud. For protesters, Hernández has kept a stranglehold on power through fraud and military might. As the crisis deepens, on January 18th Honduran lawmakers passed a new Budget Law to protect corrupt politicians from legal proceedings, essentially legalizing corruption in the country.

Dubbed a "grandmother of the resistance" after the 2009 coup d'état, Yolanda Chavarría sings the national anthem at a December 21st protest against election fraud outside the US Embassy in Tegucigalpa. She will turn 90 years old this year. Photo by Sandra Cuffe
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“There Are No Human Rights Here:” Honduran Anti-Fraud Protesters Clamor for Justice as State Killings Continue

Hondurans are demanding justice for the protesters and bystanders killed in the ongoing crackdown on opposition protests by the US-backed government of Honduras. Two months after general elections were marred by widespread reports of fraud, and one month after the US government stood by the contested results, repression and militarization continue unabated. Protests are ongoing against a government many Hondurans see as illegitimate and authoritarian.

Nighttime road blockades have been springing up in neighborhoods around Tegucigalpa as opposition alliance supporters continue to protest electoral fraud. Photo by Sandra Cuffe
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Voices from the Barricades: Protests Against Election Fraud Intensify in Honduras

Nighttime road blockades have been springing up in neighborhoods around the Honduran capital as opposition alliance supporters continue to protest electoral fraud. “They want to impose a president on us,” protester Angélica Medrano told Toward Freedom. “We don’t want a dictator. We want a country at peace, a free country, and to elect the president that we elected, for whom we voted, because that’s our right.”