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Weekly Report - 02 May 2019 (WR-19-17)

HONDURAS: Hernández makes U-turn

The Partido Nacional (PN) government led by President Juan Orlando Hernández was forced to make a major concession this week after mass protests erupted across Honduras in rejection of proposed reforms to the health and education sectors which have now been shelved. The unrest, which turned violent at times, comes months after thousands took to the streets on the anniversary of Hernández’s first year in office, calling for him to resign [WR-19-04]. As in previous protests – most notably the after Hernández’s controversial November 2017 re-election – the response of the security forces attracted criticism.

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