Thousands of protesters have staged a massive protest in Honduras’ second city over the victory of President Juan Orlando Hernandez in an election the opposition claim was fraudulent. Opposition leader Salvador Nasralla lead the protests in the city of San Pedro Sula. Addressing the crowd, he said: “We will not stop until Hernandez says he’s leaving”. It was the first march in the city since the 26 November election, and the losing candidate once again appealed to the Organisation of American States and the countries that have recognised Mr Hernandez’s victory to listen to the protesters. Former President Manuel Zelaya, who was ousted by a military coup in 2009, also joined the protest, Deutsche Welle reported.
Speaking to the crowd Mr Zelaya, who lost an election to Mr Hernandez in 2013, said: “We won the presidency and we are demanding the triumph of the people at the polls. We will not stop complaining until the government is handed over to the candidate of the Alliance, president-elect Salvador Nasralla”.
According to the official count, Mr Hernandez won with 42.95 percent to 41.42 for Mr Nasralla.
But the OAS called for a repeat of the vote, saying the official version of the count included “extreme statistical improbability.”