- Demonstrators lit a fire outside of the entrance to the US Embassy in Honduras on Friday amid nationwide protests led by doctors and teachers.
- The day before, US Ambassador to Honduras Chargé Heide Fulton issued a statement urging Hondurans against acts of violence.
- The US Embassy had urged family members of US government employees to stay home on Friday because of the demonstrations.
- Images and video of what appeared to be a fire at the US embassy in the Honduran capital began to appear on social media on Friday afternoon.
- Visit INSIDER’s homepage for more stories.
Demonstrators lit a fire outside of the entrance to the US Embassy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on Friday.
This comes amid nationwide protests from teachers and doctors.
The day before, US Ambassador to Honduras Chargé Heide Fulton issued a statement urging Hondurans against acts of violence.
— Chargé Heide Fulton (@USAmbHonduras) May 31, 2019
In a security alert on the embassy’s website, family members of US government employees in the country were instructed to stay home on Friday.
“Doctors, teachers and other health professionals intend to continue their nationwide 48-hour general strike, accompanied by protests in the major cities in Honduras, to demand the repeal of two decrees related to education and health,” the alert said. “Students, other activists, and workers from other economic sectors, e.g., bus and taxi drivers, intend to participate in support of these protests.”
Images and video footage of what appeared to be a fire at the US Embassy in the Honduran capital began to appear on social media on Friday afternoon.
Arde la embajada de Estados Unidos en Tegucigalpa. Un grupo de encapuchados quemaron llantas en la puerta principal. Han pasado 20 minutos y no hay bomberos ni policía pic.twitter.com/JwZM4yIprW
— ☭ФстцъѓэЯојо➊➒➊➐ (@R3voluc1on1917) May 31, 2019
— Diario El Heraldo (@diarioelheraldo) May 31, 2019
It’s not entirely clear why the US Embassy was targeted on Friday.
The US Embassy in Honduras did not immediately respond to a request for comment from INSIDER, but a State Department spokesperson for the Western Hemisphere said: “The United States urges all parties in Honduras to refrain from violence. Peaceful discussions are the best path to resolving political differences. We have seen reports of roadblocks by protesters and continued demonstrations.”
“We can confirm that tire fire has been extinguished, and no Mission personnel were injured,” the spokesperson added. “Embassy Honduras is working closely withthe Honduran authorities to bring those responsible to justice.”
The spokesperson went on to say “these acts of violence are unacceptable,” adding that the State Department calls “on all Hondurans to refrain from violence and resolve differences peacefully.”