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Opposition protests after re-election count

A masked supporter of presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla yells at fellow protesters to fight police at their roadblock to protest what they call electoral fraud in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)

Opposition protests escalate; incumbent president leads Honduran reelection count

Two people died as Honduran security forces clashed with demonstrators and fanned out to enforce a curfew, officials said on Saturday, after a contested presidential election triggered looting and protests.

At least three people have now died and hundreds have been arrested after the tally from last Sunday’s presidential race stalled without a clear winner and opposition leaders accused the government of trying to steal the election.

TV star Salvador Nasralla on Saturday accused his rival, President Juan Orlando Hernandez, of carrying out a coup by manipulating the vote count and declaring the curfew to stifle protests.

International concern has grown about the electoral crisis in the poor Central American country, which struggles with violent drug gangs and one of the world’s highest murder rates. (Reuters)

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