Protests in Tegucigalpa turned violent on Monday, April 29, as demonstrations against recent changes to the health and education sectors continued in the country. A march was scheduled for 13:00 (local time) on Monday in the eastern portion of the city. However, other protesters attempted to demonstrate in front of the National Congress building around 11:00, resulting in clashes with security forces. Rubber bullets, water cannons, and tear gas were reportedly deployed by the police to disperse the demonstrators. Further protests are likely in the coming days along with associated disruptions, including business closures, transportation disruptions and road blocks, and an increased security presence. Protest leaders have warned of a national strike if the law is not repealed. Some work stoppages at hospitals, public schools, and colleges have already been held and are likely to continue in the near term.
The National Congress passed new regulations for the healthcare and education sectors. Protesters claim the aim is to privatize the sectors and are concerned about mass layoffs.
Individuals in Honduras, particularly Tegucigalpa, are advised to monitor the situation, anticipate delays and limited services at health centers, avoid all public demonstrations due to the risk of violence, anticipate business and transportation disruptions, including road blocks, and a heightened security presence, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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