Honduras: Social crisis affects the country

28 June 2019 19:52

Massive mobilization in Tegucigalpa against government reforms. Source: BBC News

Honduras is facing a worrying political crisis marked by intense protests actions against President Juan Orlando Hernández. To date, three people have been killed and twenty injured.

Mobilizations began at the end of April, when Congress approved specific decrees intended to implement changes in health and education areas, declare an emergency state, review of country's economic situation, evaluate health and education professionals and create commissions to achieve a restructuring process of these sectors.

Trade unions oppose these initiatives which they view as an attempt to privatize these services. Privatization would not only impact on much-needed services for workers and their families, but it would also undermine benefits for doctors and teachers. At the same time, fraud allegations involving the current President was another reason for the strike.

Due to the massive protests, the Government was forced to repeal the decrees. Nevertheless, Honduran people are continuing their fight. With the brutal deployment of the Army against the people in strike, on 19 June Hondurans are now demanding for the immediate resignation of President Hernández.

Additionally, hundreds of police officers showed their dissent to the government’s action also went on strike on 19 June. The strike was intended to send a message to Hondurans that the police officers do not want to be used to repress and attack people who are in the streets engaged in the strike.

"We are not surprised that Honduran people continue expressing their historic discontent by taking to the streets. Lack of services in education, health, security and other essential public services are associated with poverty in this country. The BWI supports the Honduran workers in their just demands and we are willing to provide assistance to our affiliates in the country,” said Saúl Méndez, President of the BWI Regional Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean.

According to the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Honduras is the poorest country in the region. 65.7 percent of its citizens are in a precarious situation in 2019. It should be noted that when President Hernández won his re-election, the Organization of American States (OAS) stated, "electoral process was characterized by irregularities and deficiencies, whose allows to be classified it as having very low technical quality and lacking integrity”.

Allusive photo. Police confronting strikers. Source: BBC News