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Peace March in the Capital of Honduras
an article by El Heraldo, Honduras

Hundreds of people from the capital participated Sunday in a march for peace, respect for law and non-violence in Honduras.

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The activity called "For Honduras let's live in peace" began at 9:00 AM in front of La Guadalupe Catholic Church, the starting point to begin the tour of the Boulevard Morazan of Tegucigalpa.

Students from the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH), municipal and Catholic church authorities participated in the event.

At about 10:40 PM, the walk arrived to the point opposite the shopping center El Dorado, where they held a festival before finishing the activity.

The festival included music by the group "The Bohemians" and folk dancing.

The walk was attended by various public figures, including Mexico's ambassador in Honduras, lawyers, members of the European Union and some former ministers.

Participants carried placards with calls for peace and peaceful coexistence in Honduras.

The march was planned to sensitize the Honduran population on the need to work together for a culture of peace, respect for the laws and nonviolence.

The event was organized by the Public Ministry, the European Union and the Alliance for Peace and Justice, among other organizations in the Program of Support for the Security Sector (PASS).

With a rate of 85 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, Honduras is considered the most violent country in the world.

(Click here for a Spanish version of this article)


Question(s) related to this article:

How effective are mass protest marches?,

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I have two comments about this report.  The first is on the question about the effectiveness of mass protest marches.  

Recalling the effectiveness of mass protest marches in the 1978 Iranian Revolution, I looked it up on a search engine and found the following account of the revolution's climax"

  "In November, the Shah turned the government into a military government in order to force strikers back to work. But the worst, everyone knew, was about to come. The month of Muhurram was approaching, the month in which Shi'ites traditionally celebrate the martyrdom of Husayn. It is a passionate and highly religious month, and since the protests against the Shah were largely religious in nature, everyone knew that the country was on the verge of exploding.

  Muhurram began on December 2 with demonstrations, and these demonstrations would continue all throughout the month. They were massive, in the millions, and it was clear that the demonstrators, not the government, was in charge. . ...more.

This report was posted on May 6, 2013.