Protests and Vandalism in Honduras

The business sector is concerned about the way in which the demonstrations have developed in recent days, generating "an unsustainable cost to the Honduran economy.”

Monday, June 3, 2019

After the Honduran government approved decrees PCM-026-2018 and PCM-027-2019, the country's doctors and teachers began demonstrations with the aim of repealing them, because they argue that they will be able to fire government employees and privatize public services.

After several protests, which intensified in recent days with the attack on several vans and the burning of tires at the entrance of the U.S. Embassy, on the night of June 2, President Hernandez announced that he decided to repeal the decrees in conflict.

He explains in a statement of the Presidency of the country that "... President Juan Orlando Hernandez, the Council of Ministers and representatives of the teachers and health sectors agreed on Sunday to repeal the executive decrees under discussion and at the same time approved new initiatives for the installation of dialogue roundtables in the quest to build better systems in favor of the Honduran people." See full press release.

For the business sector, the health and education sectors have reason to be dissatisfied, but "... the way in which the protests of recent days have developed is worrying. They recognize the rights of all to demonstrate peacefully but these demonstrations have allowed groups with interests other than doctors and teachers to violate several legal provisions of the country and under the protection of the same acts of vandalism. This is an unsustainable cost for the Honduran economy, creating very little encouraging prospect for domestic and foreign investment ...", explains a statement from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Tegucigalpa. See full press release.

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