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At least 1 dead in Honduras post-election protests; Still no winner declared

By Ray Downs
At least 1 dead in Honduras post-election protests; Still no winner declared
Supporters of opposition presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla burn a barricade as they demonstrate in La Lima, Honduras on Thursday. Photo by Jose Valle/EPA

Dec. 1 (UPI) -- At least one person was killed during protests Thursday in Hondura's capital city of Tegucigalpa after the country's electoral commission failed again to declare a winner in the presidential race that many say was rigged.

Police threw tear gas at opposition protesters, who responded with rocks and burned tires, the Guardian reported. At least one man was reported dead and several others were injured during the confrontations.

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Carlos Dada, a journalist for Honduran newspaper El Faro, tweeted that there have been riots, looting,burned-down toll booths in San Pedro Sula and attacks by Honduran security forces throughout the country.

On Twitter, people posted videos of the mayhem.

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The Honduras Solidarity Network tweeted that military forces fired live rounds on protesters.

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The right-wing incumbent, President Juan Orlando Hernandez, a stanch ally of the United States, was widely expected to easily win a re-election. But a stiff challenge from Salvador Nasralla, a television host with no prior political experience, appeared to have won the election on Monday by five points with nearly 60 percent of the vote counted.

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But over the past few days, that lead dwindled and eventually disappeared as more votes were counted.

Many Hondurans don't believe the result, which now puts Hernandez ahead of Nasralla by more than 41,000 votes.

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"This is fraud, pure and simple, and we plan to confront it," Alfredo Ramirez, a 24-year-old student participating in the protests told the Los Angeles Times Thursday. "We won't allow the fraud to go forward. If the president is declared the winner, there will be a civil war."

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