Tegucigalpa, Nov 11 (EFE).- Thousands of Hondurans, from the Citizen Opposition Bloc (BOC) and the groups of the Freedom and Refoundation Party (Libre, in power), marched this Saturday in Tegucigalpa chanting slogans against and in favor of the Government chaired by Xiomara Castro.
The Libre activists decided to march after the BOC announced in the middle of the week that they would do so to protest against those who govern the country, arguing that they are leading it towards a “dictatorship” and situations very similar to those that Venezuela is experiencing.
“We are neither left nor right,” “I am marching because I do not want my country to be another Venezuela” and “I am marching because only peacefully united will we build the path to a better Honduras,” read some of the banners of the protesters. BOC, emerged in August and brings together the opposition National, Liberal and Salvador parties of Honduras, and other sectors.
One of the leaders of Libre, Sergio Rivera, told the UNETV channel that the Government chaired by Xiomara Castro must be defended, because the corrupt and drug traffickers “want to throw him out” for fighting against corruption in the country.
He added that those who are now trying to strike a blow against Xiomara Castro “know that their time is coming to be tried for corruption and drug trafficking.”
The head of the National Party bench, the main opposition force, Tomás Zambrano, told journalists that Libre intends to remain in power, that the current government “does not respect the majorities” and that nine deputies from the party in power who make up a Permanent Commission, irregularly elected the new State Attorney General, Johel Zelaya, on the 1st.
He added that although Libre boycotted the mobilization of many Hondurans who came from different regions of the country and neighborhoods of Tegucigalpa, “thousands mobilized on foot to participate in the march” promoted by the BOC.
In the Libre march, which ended in front of the Presidential House, red and black flags were waved, while in the BOC march, blue and white national flags were waved and its protesters were mostly clad in white t-shirts.
More than 400 police officers monitored the two marches that left two boulevards on the eastern edge of the Honduran capital.
The BOC march could not reach the Presidential House because all accesses leading to the Executive headquarters were blocked by the National Police.