This weekend in Honduras, thousands of people took to the streets of the capital city of Tegucigalpa. Protesters gathered in the town square to demand the immediate resignation of President Juan Orlando Hernandez. One of the focal points of the protests was the fact that Hernandez was allegedly embezzling money from the Honduran Institute of Social Security (IHSS) to fund his presidential campaign in 2013.
According to the some reports, Hernandez took as much as 90 million dollars from the country’s social security fund to finance his political advancement. Hernandez is just one of over 40 politicians in Honduras that are currently under suspicion of stealing large sums of money from government accounts.
“We are asking that those officials who have stolen from the people resign, and they include the president, the president of Congress, Mauricio Oliva, [and] the chief prosecutor, Óscar Chincilla,” one of the opposition politicians told reporters.
According to the Tico Times, “hours before the protest, lawyer Jaime Banegas, representing PN officials, filed a lawsuit before the Judicial Branch for libel and slander against Salvador Nasralla, the former candidate of the opposition Anticorruption Party (PAC).”
A video taken of the recent protests can be viewed below:
John Vibes writes for True Activist and is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war.