Thousands of people marched peacefully Sunday in Honduras’ capital to support opposition presidential candidate Xiomara Castro in her claim that last weekend’s election was fraudulent. The electoral court has declared conservative Juan Orlando Hernandez of the ruling National Party as the winner. The court said that with 96 percent of ballots counted, Hernandez had 37 percent and Castro was second with 29 percent. Six other candidates shared the remaining votes.
Both Castro and her husband, former President Manuel Zelaya, who was ousted by a coup in 2009, led the protest march from a pickup truck carrying the body of a militant of their Libre Party, who was shot to death hours before the demonstration began.
“We are here to denounce the culture of death promoted since the coup, this can only be a political crime,” said Zelaya, whose removal from office has left Honduras polarized.Continue reading