Nearly 200 demonstrators, including members of religious groups, protested U.S. support for the re-election of right-wing Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez in front of the U.S. embassy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on Sunday evening.
The peaceful protesters held candles, chanted slogans and sang protest music.
"We came to the United States Embassy to spark lights in the midst of the darkness of a dictatorship that has the immediate and permanent protection of the United States," said Ismael Moreno, a Jesuit leader.
Honduras: a boy lights a candle, in front of the United States embassy. A cry for peace and respect for Human Rights. In the ecumenical vigil, they call it "the new era of dictatorship in Honduras."
Hernandez, who was sworn in for his second term on Jan. 27, has thrown the Central American country into chaos as anti-government protesters continue to take to the streets, angry over an election marred by irregularities and allegations of fraud.
In many parts of the country, protesters were met with tear gas and violence as police tried to suppress the demonstrations.
At least 22 people have been killed by security forces, according to the Committee of Relatives of the Disappeared in Honduras, Cofadeh.
The new Honduran Congress held its first session last Thursday, which the opposition protested and said was also void because the elections were fraudulent. Hernandez has proposed a national dialogue but former presidential candidate and Opposition Alliance leader Salvador Nasralla have refused to participate.