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The Election Fraud in Honduras Follows Decades of Corruption Funded By the U.S. War on Drugs

• by Danielle Marie Mackey

The woman, eight months pregnant, stood in the streets in violation of a national curfew, and she screamed alongside a rebellious multitude, "Fuera JOH!" ("Out JOH!"), referring to the incumbent president, Juan Orlando Hernández, who many believe fraudulently rigged the elections in his favor to maintain power. The Honduran military and police forces had flooded the streets to enforce the curfew, and the woman was shot in her abdomen, reportedly by a soldier. She was rushed to a nearby clinic where her baby was delivered by emergency cesarean. The child was born with a gunshot wound to the leg.

The curfew and violence were sparked by a strange, contested election. On the day before Hondurans went to the polls, The Economist published evidence of what seemed to be a plan by Hernández's National Party to commit systematic fraud. The next day, November 26, the election results came in choppy waves: first a sizable lead by Hernández's opponent, Salvador Nasralla, and then the electronic voting system went off the air.

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