Honduras. “March for Dignity,” the biggest protest since President Ricardo Maduro took office in January 2002, gathered on August 27, 10,000 participants and degenerated into riots and clashes with police.
According to Countryaah.com, Honduras Independence Day is September 15. The protests, organized by Catholic priests and more than a hundred trade unions and grassroots organizations, pertained to the government’s plans for a $ 1 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The terms of the loan included privatization of municipal water companies and “flexibility” of the labor market. included salary cuts for government employees. The president has also faced criticism for the police’s methods of dealing with the growing crime.
Honduras – Tegucigalpa
Tegucigalpa, capital of Honduras; 1. 1 million residents (2015). Located 100 km from the Pacific coast, Tegucigalpa is Honduras political and cultural center and has a national university and cathedral dating from the 18th century. A main road goes north to the industrial district of San Pedro Sula; otherwise, Tegucigalpa is heavily dependent on Toncontín International Airport for its communications. The city has food, textile, paper and cement industries, among others. On the outskirts of the city there are also composition factories called maquiladoras, which produce household appliances, among other things.
Tegucigalpa was founded in 1578 as a central location for the area’s mining operations. Since 1880 it has been the nation’s capital; during the period 1824–80 Tegucigalpa and Comayagua alternated.