Protest encampment reported attacked in Honduras

Protest encampment reported attacked in Honduras, 1 person wounded

Protest encampment reported attacked in Honduras

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) -- Protesters at an encampment outside the offices of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez say they were attacked by a gang of assailants, resulting in one injury.

Four young protesters are on a hunger strike against a corruption scandal that involved the alleged embezzlement of as much as $120 million from the Honduran Social Security Institute.

Another scandal involved selling overpriced or defective medicines to the government.

One of the protesters said his group was in a prayer session early Tuesday when about 15 assailants drove up and attacked the group.

Ariel Varela said the demonstrators were undeterred by the violence. One supporter of the protest was hospitalized after being hit by a rock in the head.

Police have set up roadblocks to prevent more people from joining the protest.

Updated : 2021-03-02 23:28 GMT+08:00