Honduras protests: Buildings burn during clashes over reforms
17:20, Tuesday, 30 April, 2019
Riot police and protesters have clashed in the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa, during protests against planned reforms of the health and education sector. It is reported by BBC. The protesters fear that the reforms could lead to mass lay-offs of teachers and doctors.
They have been on strike since Congress approved the reforms. Demonstrations were also held outside the capital. A largely peaceful march against the reforms turned violent when a small group of hooded protesters clashed with riot police in the historic city centre of Tegucigalpa. At least four buildings were set alight, among them Tegucigalpa's city hall. Shop fronts were smashed and burning barricades erected to block key roads. Riot police fired tear gas and charged at demonstrators with batons. Dozens of people were injured in the clashes and one of them is in a serious condition. Police evacuated more than 250 people from the city hall after it was set alight by demonstrators throwing petrol bombs.