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Honduras: Anti-government protests in Tegucigalpa May 1

Anti-government protests held in Tegucigalpa May 1, coinciding with International Workers' Day marches; clashes between protesters and security forces reported

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/2/2018, 12:00 AM until 5/6/2018, 11:59 PM (America/Tegucigalpa). COUNTRY/REGION Tegucigalpa

Event

Anti-government protests demanding the resignation of President Juan Orlando Hernandez were held in Tegucigalpa on Tuesday, May 1, coinciding with marches organized to commemorate International Workers' Day. Clashes reportedly broke out between protesters and police in Tegucigalpa, with police hurling tear gas and firing water cannons at protesters, who responded by throwing stones and Molotov cocktails. At least one police officer was wounded in the clashes. Firefighters also extinguished a blaze at the Mayor's Office started by protesters. Additional anti-government protests are possible in Tegucigalpa and other Honduran cities in the coming days and weeks.

Context

The Opposition Alliance organized nationwide protests to denounce the results of the November 2017 presidential election in the weeks leading up to the controversial January 27 reinauguration of incumbent President Hernández. However, protests have generally subsided in the months since amid political pressure and security concerns.

Visitors to the country should note that political activism by foreign nationals is prohibited under Honduran law. Foreigners who take part in demonstrations or other political activities risk detention and or/deportation.

Advice

Individuals in Honduras are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all demonstrations due to the risk of violence, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.

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