Chronicle of an election robbery foretold
Eight years after the spectacular “pajama coup” Honduras is again the site of a democratic debacle with regional consequences. Since the elections in Honduras of the 26th of November, Honduras has exploded in charges of fraud, demonstrations and repression. That the elections would be far from clean was evident ever since current president Juan Orlando Hernández managed to manipulate the courts to be able to run for election in spite of constitutionally being banned from it. If the international community is unable to ensure that the process from now on has a minimum of legitimacy, it will have betrayed not only Hondurans, but democracy as the fundamental principle for regional cooperation in Latin America. Read more (in Norwegian) in this article published on December 12 in Dagsavisen.
Victim of postelectoral repression in Honduras buried. Photo: Jennifer Avila