The Honduran social organization, Association For a More Just Society, or Afmjs, is meeting with Luis Almagro, secretary general of the Organization of the American States, OAS, to gain the regional organization’s support to “modernize the Honduran political system.”
Carlos Hernandez, a member of Afmjs, said the group is “a citizen’s coalition of important civil society organizations and influential movements in Honduras that want to work with the state and political parties to implement substantial changes to the country’s political system.”
The Opposition Alliance coalition is also looking to create political change in Honduras, calling for mass mobilizations on Friday. The opposition is calling for its supporters to march on the capital city of Tegulqualpa on Jan. 12 starting at 2 p.m. local time.
The demonstration will end at the presidential palace.
This is one of several demonstrations that Salvador Nasralla and Manuel Zelaya, a former president and leader of the opposition, have called for since Nasralla ran as a presidential candidate in the country’s elections that took place last November.
Since polls closed, Nasralla has continually accused the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, TSE, and its director, David Matamoros, of “manipulating” the electoral count on behalf of the current President Juan Orlando Hernandez. Nasralla and his team said the TSE “stole” the election from him and he refuses to acknowledge the TSE’s Dec. 17 announcement that named Hernandez as president.
Up until Dec. 27, Almagro called for an election redo, citing evidence of countless acts of fraud on part of the TSE during and after people went to the polls. He has since ceased insisting after the Honduran government accused him of interfering in the country’s internal affairs.
On Monday, a member of the Opposition Alliance coalition was gunned down at his home near San Pedro Sula. Santos Alvarado was killed by two unidentified hitmen after they forced one of his sons to open the front door, local media reported.
At least two Opposition Alliance members were shot by unknown killers in the days leading up to the Nov. 26 presidential polling. Between Dec. 1 and Dec. 30, at least 30 civilians, mainly Opposition Alliance supporters claiming electoral fraud, were killed by the military and National Police during post-electoral protests.
The Opposition Alliance and Hernandez's National Party are corralling internal political support to their camps this week.
Hernandez is set to be sworn in on Jan. 27. The Opposition Alliance has already called for major protests and work strikes in the week leading up to the event.