A demonstration on Honduras’ day of independence turned violent when National Police forces fired tear gas at thousands of protesters.
The rally had been organized by members of the opposition National Front of Popular Resistance (FNRP), as well as the Freedom and Refoundation Party (Free) party.
As the crowd protested over austerity policies and political assassinations, more than 400 anti-riot police fired tear gas at the demonstrators. Many also voiced their rejection of the re-election of President Juan Orlando Hernandez.
Honduras: gobierno de Juan Orlando Hernández reprime a manifestantes de oposición. pic.twitter.com/8D6Rq4Kb2Q— Gilda Silvestrucci (@GildateleSUR) September 15, 2017
"Honduras: Government of Juan Orlando Hernández suppressed opposition demonstrators."
Children were caught up in the confrontation.
The government held its own celebration of independence with a civic parade.
Honduran opposition is in the streets today saying "no to fraud" and "no to run re-election." pic.twitter.com/UHFto3XYrF— teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) September 15, 2017
September 15th marks the day Honduras — along with four other Central American nations, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua — celebrate independence from Spain. On this day in 1821, Central American leaders accepted a plan drafted by the Mexican Agustin de Iturbide that declared the five nations free from Spanish colonial rule.