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Honduras: Activist Edwin Espinal & Others Jailed over Post-Election Protests

HeadlineFeb 12, 2018

In Honduras, thousands of people protested outside the United Nations building in the capital Tegucigalpa on Friday, demanding the United Nations recognize opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla as president. His rival, the U.S.-backed, right-wing incumbent Juan Orlando Hernández, has been inaugurated as Honduras’s president after November’s presidential election, which was marred by widespread reports of election fraud. A new report by the group COFADEH says at least 30 protesters have been killed and more than 1,000 were arrested by police and military forces since the contested election. Among those imprisoned is longtime activist Edwin Espinal. This is Espinal speaking on Democracy Now! back in 2013, when he was protesting against President Juan Orlando Hernández’s first election.

Edwin Espinal: “This electoral process is very important to me and my family, because with the social movements and the community organizers, we’ve been targeted by the militaries and police and the government. But just like the [inaudible] are organizing people in our communities to—you know, to improve our communities and educate people in our communities about the political situation in our country.”

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