After Honduras’ Election Crisis, Protesters Are Still in the State’s Crosshairs

A demonstrator kicks a tear gas canister during the swearing-in of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Jan. 27, 2018 (AP photo by Eduardo Verdugo).
A demonstrator kicks a tear gas canister during the swearing-in of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Jan. 27, 2018 (AP photo by Eduardo Verdugo).

Eduardo Enrique Urbina Ayala was shocked to see his face and name making the rounds on social media, in posts that framed him as the person responsible for setting fire to a military truck during a protest at the height of Honduras’ post-election crisis in December. The 22-year-old activist had left the country five days before the vehicle went up in flames. “I was already in Costa Rica,” Urbina told me over Skype from an undisclosed Costa Rican city. “I have everything documented in my passport … It’s proof from the state itself.” Nineteen days after Honduras’ contested Nov. 26. […]

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