40,000 Create Human Chains to Protest Violence in Honduras

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An article from Telesur TV

Over 40,000 people participated Sunday [October 23] in human chains throughout Honduras, including in the capital, Tegucigalpa and about 300 other cities, protesting against violence and homicide rates. The event was meant to “raise awareness against violence, in favor of a culture of peace and healthy cohabitation,” said one of the participants.

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Video: Human Chain to Protest Violence in Honduras

The human chains were organized by 30 human rights groups, including the Honduras Towns Association and the “Say Yes to Life” movement.

“The human chain is a peaceful demonstration, focused on citizenship, on all the Hondurans who have experienced the pain of violence in various ways,” said Nery Cerrato, head of Amhon, to EFE. ”Honduran society does not deserve to be stigmatized as the most violent country in the world,” she added.

The event was meant to “raise awareness of the population against violence, in favor of a culture of peace and healthy cohabitation,” said one of the participants Nicolle Betancourt.

According to the protestors, there are 14 homicides per day in the country, while the U.N. Refugee Agency reported 200,000 people forcefully displaced. In 2015, over 16,000 Hondurans requested asylum in other countries like the United States and Costa Rica.

(Click here for an article in Spanish about this event)

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