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Military clashes in Honduras with protesters over the reelection of the president | News | DW

Honduran security forces used tear gas against demonstrators throwing rocks on Saturday as anger over the country's controversial presidential election continued to pour down on the streets, authorities said.

At least one person was shot dead by police in the city of Saba, 210 kilometers (130 miles) northeast of the capital, Tegucigalpa.

Authorities tried to clear barricades of burnt tires in several towns and cities after a call for a national day of strikes.

Police say that 12 people were arrested and that four officers were injured, one seriously, in the last confrontation with supporters of the center-left coalition opposition Alliance against the dictatorship.

Protesters accuse the government of stealing the presidential runoff on November 26 after its candidate, former television presenter Salvador Nasralla, initially led the vote.

The recount of votes lasted three weeks after several interruptions and finally saw President Juan Orlando He re-elected

  Former Honduran President José Manuel Zelaya

Among those protesting on Saturday was former President José Manuel Zelaya, who was caught in a tear gas discharge

The 49-year-old man, who took office in 2013, is the first president to run for a second term after the country's supreme court lifted the ban.

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More expected protests

The last death brings to 31 the number of people killed during the protests since the elections. Hundreds of protesters have been jailed in the midst of a political crisis that the opposition says will hold at least until Hernandez takes office Jan. 27.

The UN Human Rights office said on Friday it was concerned about the risk of turmoil and called on all parties to refrain from inflammatory speech.

UN Spokeswoman Elizabeth Throssell called on the authorities to avoid using the military police and armed forces to respond to the demonstrations, a function that the world body insisted was not trained or prepared.

Hernández offered a dialogue to Nasralla, who rejected the offer, saying he wanted a foreign party to mediate between the two.

Among those who support the protests is former President Manuel Zelaya, who was overthrown in a coup in 2009.

"We have to stay on the street." Zelaya said on Saturday. "If we move from one place, we have to move to another, we need to mobilize permanently to maintain pressure and prevent the dictator from settling in."

Honduras is one of the three poor countries, often violent, that constitute the "Northern Triangle" of Central America, which is the largest source of undocumented immigrants heading to the US. UU

Washington has sent millions of dollars to the country, along with El Salvador and Guatemala, to improve security conditions.

mm / jlw (AFP, AP, dpa, Reuters)

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