Former Honduran president and coordinator of the Opposition Alliance, Manuel Zelaya, called on all Hondurans to take to the streets to defend presidential election preliminary results which showed opposition candidate, Salvador Nasrallah with a comfortable lead over the right-wing incumbent, as the electoral board continues to withhold final results.
A day after denouncing vote count irregularities by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, Nasrallah posted on Twitter for people to assemble "To defend the victory of the people!”
The protests mark the second day of mass mobilizations despite the government enforcing a 10-day curfew, suspending constitutional rights and declaring a state of emergency. The TSE had ensured that election results would be announced Saturday but again were promptly postponed. Peaceful demonstrations dubbed “Caceralazo” took place only hours after the curfew was declared and were met by police repression.
Three people – including a teenaged girl – have so far been killed in violent clashes following the disputed elections, as the armed forces opened fire on unarmed opposition supporters.
President Juan Orlando Hernandez has reportedly fled the country to avoid violent street protests in the wake of the disputed presidential election, Diario La Prensa reported.
Bolivian President Evo Morales reprimanded the United States and Organization of the American States for their alleged complicity, "Nearly a week since the Honduran elections. Why are the U.S. and OAS silently complicit regarding the elections and death of citizens in Honduras? Democracy is in danger in a neighboring country?"
“Beyond a state of siege we are experiencing a state of terror with the suspension of constitutional guarantees,” said Wilfredo Mendez of the National Board of Honduras for Human Rights.
Nasrallah posted on his Facebook page that the “illegal and unjust curfew is nothing more than a coup against the votes of the people who do not want the current president.”