Honduran Police Repress Protesters Amid National Teacher, Doctor Strike

(TELESUR) – Honduran doctors, teachers, and students Thursday demanded the repeal of two executive orders issued by President Juan Orlando Fernandez (JOH) and were repressed by state police forces in cities and towns around the country.

The Platform for the Defense of Education and Health, an organization which brings the two sectors together, called for a national strike Thursday and Friday of this week, along with marches to demand the revocation of two executive orders.

An ad for the event called for “Teachers, Nurses, Doctors, Fathers and Mothers, Students, and Regular People to unite for health and education!”

Local media reported several protests forming around the country with the first starting in the capital of Tegucigalpa as early as 6:30 a.m. local time.

Protesters blocked roads in Tegucigalpa’s downtown area of La Paz, with local residents taking a planned detour in support of the cause.

Other protests were registered in San Pedro Sula, El Progreso, Comayagua, Copan, Atlantida, Olancho, Valle, and Choluteca, with more roadblocks being reported.