TEGUCIGALPA, HONDURAS – Opposition teams referred to as Saturday for persevering with protests to demand that Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez be faraway from workplace after his youthful brother was convicted of drug trafficking in a New York court docket.
Hundreds of Hondurans protested into the early hours of the morning after Juan Antonio “Tony” Hernandez was convicted Friday in what U.S. prosecutors described as a conspiracy that relied on “state-sponsored drug trafficking.”
Protesters blocked key roads in half of the nation’s 18 provinces, setting barricades ablaze, whereas some took benefit of the disturbances to loot shops. Police had not reported any arrests and urged protesters to specific their issues “peacefully with out affecting the fitting of others.”
President Hernandez insisted through Twitter that the verdictwas not in opposition to the state of Honduras, saying his authorities hadfought drug trafficking. On Saturday he attended a parade to honor the nation’s armed forces and posted footage of himself on Twitter smiling alongside the U.S. charged’affairesto Honduras, Colleen Hoey.
With Hoey on the parade, Hernandez mentioned he mentioned methods to strengthen ties between the 2 international locations whereas additionally preventing drug trafficking and arranged crime.
The president has accused Honduran drug traffickers extradited to the U.S. of retaliating in opposition to his household by alleging that his youthful brother is a drug supplier aided by the federal government.
Hernandez assumed a second four-year time period as president in January 2018, regardless of a constitutional ban on re-election.
Convicted drug sellers asserted through the U.S. trial in opposition to his brother that they contributed to each of Hernandez’s campaigns for president on guarantees that he would shield their companies and them whereas in workplace.
A son of Honduras’ earlier president, Porfirio Lobo, admitted in 2017 to being a part of a cocaine-trafficking community and was sentenced to 24 years of jail within the U.S.