Canada has a thing for Honduras. The ravaged country is a second home to powerful Canadian mining companies and Ottawa appreciates the carte blanche treatment. Harper was quick to jump aboard when the current regime toppled the elected government in a brutal coup. Trudeau has stayed the course. Whether Conservative or Liberal, we're getting awfully good at looking the other way when that suits us. We don't seem too vexed when they're shooting students. Here's Justin and Chrystia making nice with Honduran foreign minister Maria Delores Aguero.
Tensions between the administration of President Juan Orlando Hernández and a months-old national protest movement have intensified in recent weeks and crossed the line into violence. On 24 June – four days after Hernández ordered the military to crack down on demonstrations across the country – military police burst onto the campus of the Autonomous University of Honduras in the capital city of Tegucigalpa. They opened fire on students, wounding at least four. Altogether clashes have claimed at least three protesters’ lives – and resulted in dozens more injuries (chiefly on the protesters’ side)
... in early May the government published a new penal code creating new penalties for public criticism of government figures and feeding worries that the government would use the law to suppress free expression and peaceful assembly when it is scheduled to come into effect in November. (The government has since agreed in principle to amend the new code.) The protest movement grew beyond the trade unions that were initially involved and came to include other unions, university students, human rights defenders and land rights activists; even some branches of the police joined the demonstrations. Protesters also came to focus on a new demand: calling for President Hernández’s resignation.