Tens of thousands of protesters were in the street this past weekend in Honduras. They want President Juan Orlando Hernandez to step down and not take the oath of office later this month.
Honduras’ elections last November were found by the Organization of American States to have copious irregularities. Protesters and challenger Salvador Nasralla want new elections. Honduran activists calling for these elections and other reforms face real dangers.
There’s been a month of deadly street clashes and death threats, including to a priest who appeared on Worldview in 2010. Fr. Ismael Moreno, SJ, who’s known as Padre Melo, operates a radio station called Radio Progreso. In recent days, an anonymous flyer has been circulating accusing Padre Melo and others of having ties to criminal organizations and and drug cartels, and of inciting violence and division among Hondurans.
A group of Jesuits have rallied in support of Padre Melo and the Honduran protesters, including our guest, Matt Ippel — a Jesuit scholastic in the U.S. Midwest Province. He’s currently an MA candidate in philosophy at the Jesuit University in Lima, Peru, and joins Worldview to discuss threats against activists in Honduras.