TEGUCIGALPA – A group of special Honduran police known as the “Cobras” on Monday declared a work stoppage, allegedly due to the country’s political crisis, which has worsened since last week with the launching of opposition protests claiming fraud in the recent presidential election.
“At this time we’re in a work stoppage ... to express our disagreement with what is happening on the national level. We’re people and we can’t be killing our own people, we have families,” a masked spokesman for the Cobras told reporters.
As a result of the crisis following the Nov. 26 presidential election, which official reports say was won by current President Juan Orlando Hernandez, the Cobras say that they have been forced to remain at their posts to deal with any disturbances that may arise and thus they have been prevented from seeing their families.
“If the politicians don’t agree to resolve their questions, we can’t make ourselves available to favor one candidate, we’re rebelling because we can’t be working on the street and killing our people. The politicians should make the determination to solve their own problems,” the spokesman said.
Since last Wednesday, supporters of the Opposition Alliance against the Dictatorship, whose presidential candidate, Salvador Nasralla, have staged street protests against alleged fraud perpetrated against him, all of which has aggravated the crisis in the Central American country.
During the protest by the police, they also complained that the National Police authorities authorized a salary increase for auxiliary personnel but not for them.
“It’s not possible for us to be working for more than 15 days without anyone giving us anything, but only giving to the auxiliaries,” the spokesman said.
With 99.89 percent of the ballots counted, Hernandez stands with 42.98 percent of the vote to Nasralla’s 41.39 percent, although the latter had vowed not to accept the result of the election, claiming that “fraud” was committed.