By The Dawn News / December 20, 2017
On Sunday December 17, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal -TSE- of Honduras declared the official results of the elections held on November 26 and confirmed that Juan Orlando Hernández -JOH- the incumbent president “won” the elections. The mobilizations that have been occurring across Honduras since the tendency in the elections results changed abruptly to favor JOH, the sitting president, were strengthened and emboldened by the recent declaration by the TSE.
On Monday there were more than 85 points of mobilization across the country with diverse actions like blockades, cultural expressions, rallies and marches. For example the Fraternal Black Organization of Honduras (Ofraneh Garifuna) held an ancestral ritual in the highway in Sambo Creek.
However, the common theme continued to be the heavy-handed state repression to the resistance. Up until today there have been more than 20 people killed in the mobilizations by Public Force repression that have been using tear gas and pepper spray, rubber bullets, live ammunition and the shields and batons. The arbitrary retentions and detentions of participants of the mobilizations has also continued.
It is also important to note that following the declaration of the TSE, the Organization of American States -OAS- released a statement in which they detailed various irregularities in the electoral process: “Deliberate human intrusions in the computer system, intentional elimination of digital traces, the impossibility of knowing the number of opportunities in which the system was violated, pouches of votes open or lacking votes, the extreme statistical improbability with respect to participation levels within the same department, recently printed ballots and additional irregularities, added to the narrow difference of votes between the two most voted candidates, make it impossible to determine with the necessary certainty the winner.”
It stated that: ”For the aforementioned reasons, and given the impossibility of determining a winner, the only possible way for the victor to be the people of Honduras is a new call for general elections, within the framework of the strictest respect for the rule of law, with the guarantees of a TSE that enjoys the technical capacity and confidence of both the citizens and political parties.”
This position from the OAS against JOH was unexpected and now what it remains to see if there will be new elections, when and how.
Below is a statement issued by the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras -COPINH- in response to the declaration by the TSE.
COPINH DOES NOT recognize the statement of Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) and calls for the permanent mobilization.
The Civil Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) DOES NOT recognize the statement made yesterday by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) which claims Juan Orlando Hernández as the winner. This decision represents the final consummation of the electoral fraud through which they seek to make a mockery of the Honduran people’s will expressed on November 26th, which is to expel the dictatorship and its corrupt cabal from the presidency. The fraud carried out throughout the process is clear and evident, starting with the illegality of Juan Orlando Hernández (JOH)’s candidacy itself and especially in the hours following the closure of the polls when the opposition’s victory became apparent. With their timid statements the OAS and EU have corroborated what the people have already declared in the streets – all of the irregularities of the corrupt electoral process and Honduran state make clear that this is the imposition of a dictatorship. The statement by the TSE is yet another affront to the Honduran people and we denounce that all of its members who were involved should be prosecuted.
*COPINH calls for the permanent mobilization and organization in the streets of the Lenca and Honduran people as a whole to make the legitimate demand that JOH immediately step down, or, short of that, for there to be a new electoral process with guarantees and transparency, supervised by the international community, beyond the OAS and also including representation of the Honduran grassroots social movements.
*COPINH demands that the armed forces and Honduran police immediately cease their repression against the Honduran people who are exercising their constitutional right to protest a government based on imposition!
*COPINH calls on the international community to denounce the violent and murderous actions by agents of the state’s repressive forces, which have already taken 22 Honduran lives, and to push for the governments of the world to refuse recognition of the criminal declaration by Honduras’s TSE.
*COPINH and the Lenca people are rising up, not in defense of a party or a candidate, but rather in defense of dignity itself.
For the blood spilled by Berta Cáceres and all of our ancestors, we demand justice! We demand the downfall of the killer regime!
With the ancestral strength of Berta, Iselaca, Etempica and Mota we raise our voices full of life, justice, freedom, dignity and peace.
December 18th, 2017
La Esperanza, Intibucá, Honduras