Demonstrators Torch Mayor's Office in Honduras in Rally Against Reforms

Published May 2, 2019

Demonstrators Torch Mayor's Office in Honduras in Rally Against Reforms

Demonstrators threw Molotov cocktails during a mass demonstration in the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa against government proposals for health and education reforms that would lead to privatization and job losses.

At least four buildings were set on fire, including the Tegucigalpa mayor’s office, as revolutionaries struck against the neoliberal reforms proposed by the regime of Juan Hernandez, a U.S. puppet, installed after the Obama-Clinton supported coup in 2009.

Protesters, many of them hooded, threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at police and buildings, setting several on fire, as anti-riot police fired tear gas in a bid to stop them from advancing on the buildings.

Demonstrators Torch Mayor's Office in Honduras in Rally Against Reforms

The protests took place as a work-stoppage continued in schools and some hospitals, after unions representing teachers and doctors launched strikes late last week.

President Juan Orlando Hernandez, who leads a right wing government allied with the imperialist United States, has defended the two bills as needed overhauls of the health and public education systems, including plans for new infrastructure and better training of workers. However, these reforms amount to nothing more than an attempt to strengthen the interests of the global capitalist institutions at the expense of the Honduran people.

Demonstrators Torch Mayor's Office in Honduras in Rally Against Reforms

In a concession to the militant protests, Honduran politicians have suspended the ratification of the disastrous reform bills, but revolutionaries have continued an occupation of a university and militant activity against the right-wing regime of Hernandez is expected to continue.