UK Government: Support Honduras’ People against Election Fraud
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The UK's political leaders must stand by us in expressing our great concern regarding current events in Honduras around its national elections on November 26th, since when the country has been wracked with protest and repression.
The atrocious handling of the vote count by the state Supreme Electoral Tribunal appears to indicate a flagrant attempt to falsely maintain the right-wing authoritarian Juan Orlando Hernandez's National Party in power. The country has erupted in protest and Hernandez has responded by suspending civil rights and unleashing police and military violence, and the killing of protesters.
Despite the Election Tribunal being staffed by National Party stooges, and pre-election reports of the party planning to steal the election, early results showed a lead for his centre-left opponent Nasralla. 2 members of the Tribunal said this statistical trend could not be reversed.
Then, unprecedented delays and computer failures slowed the counting. Suddenly the new votes inexplicably reversed the trend, favouring Hernandez. The final count was read on Monday and gave him a lead by 1.59% margin over Nasralla.
The huge irregularities and inexplicable reversal of voting trends led to an outspilling of anger and popular protest across Honduras, which goes on now. On Friday 1st Hernandez suspended normal civil rights and declared a curfew for 10 days between 6pm and 6am. This led to a night of violent clashes between protester and authorities, including multiple videos tagged on Youtube as the “noche negra Honduras” (“black night Honduras”). UK newspapers reported on the killing of a 19 year old girl on Saturday morning, reports suggest at least 14 people have been killed to date. But this may just be the tip of the ice berg of injuries and death, with reports of state torture and mass detention.
Nasralla's Opposition Alliance has called for a total recount, or a run off re-vote between Nasralla and Hernandez. On Monday units of the national police started releasing statements that they would no longer obey the government and attack protesters. That even the police are rejecting Hernandez's attempt to take the election suggests that Honduras may finally be on the cusp of change.
Honduras' people are, en masse, refusing to accept the Electoral Tribunal's count. Whatever measures are taken, it is clear that a more transparent process is needed, without interference from the current Honduran Election Tribunal.
We demand the UK government & political parties highlight instead of ignoring the violence in Honduras. That the UK puts pressure on the Honduran government to enact a fully transparent recount or re-election in accordance with the will of the opposition. That we stop our support of the Honduran government's years of authoritarianism and corruption, and pressurise the US to do the same.
Read the full article and sources here: https://enca.org.uk/blog/2017/12/06/honduras-2017-election/
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