Tegucigalpa – Social organizations condemned on Friday repression against demonstrations staged in Honduras to protest privatization of education and the high cost of living.
On Thursday, army and police forces fired tear gas shells and rubber bullets at demonstrators in several cities and detained around fifty people.
In Tegucigalpa, anti-riot police, supported by Army troops, used brutal force to disperse thousands of demonstrators gathered in Miraflores boulevard, the Committee of Relatives of the Detained Disappeared denounced.
Security forces also dispersed demonstrations in El Paraiso and Comayagua.
President of the Federation of Teaching Organizations in Honduras, Joel Almendarez, revealed that at least 10 of his comrades were beaten and needed to be taken to hospital.
The demonstrators protested against a bill, presented before the National Congress, envisaging passing over State education responsibility to the councils, thus leading to privatization of education to the detriment of poorest sectors, according to teaching leaders.
The protestors also demanded payment of delayed salaries to thousands of teachers and paying off the Executive’s debt to the National Institute of Teachers’ Welfare.
Demonstrations this week also involved transportation workers, who protested a rise in fuel prices, and other sectors that oppose a rise in family food basket prices.