After the election fraud, a state of emergency. With the suspension of constitutional rights for 10 days, the imposition of a curfew from six in the evening to six in the morning, and growing repressive violence that has already caused three deaths and several injuries, the Honduran government is retaliating against the protests of the people, ignited by the blatant electoral fraud orchestrated against Salvador Nasralla, the candidate of the Opposition Alliance, which is fighting the current dictatorship.
It will be difficult, however, to stem the anger of a people who, after the 2009 coup against Manuel Zelaya, sees its will at the polls ignored for the second consecutive time after the fraudulent 2013 elections. They have reacted by occupying streets, bridges and squares, including strategic roads for the transport of Chiquita and Dole bananas and pineapples.
While official figures have stopped at 94.31 percent of the votes counted, with a lead for President Juan Orlando Hernández of about 45,000 votes (1.5 percent), all are waiting for the start of the so-called “special scrutiny,” the hand recount of about 1,000 ballot records that are showing anomalies, representing almost 300,000 votes, in the presence of the opposition and international observers. The Opposition Alliance, however, will not be there, refusing to send its representatives until their demand is met that all the 5,174 ballot records should be verified, as they were introduced into the electronic system of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal while the server went through a string of failures and without the presence of the representatives of the political parties.