Travel Alert December 2017: Civil Unrest in Honduras

If Honduras is in your travel plans over the next couple of weeks, you may want to consider delaying your travel — or, at least, keep yourself updated as to the latest information pertaining to the weather — due to civil unrest in that country.

Travel Alert December 2017: Civil Unrest in Honduras

A curfew was imposed by the federal government of Honduras on Friday, December 1, 2017; and security forces were ordered “to move against protesters blocking roads and bridges, escalating a political crisis over the disputed count of votes from the presidential election last weekend”, according to this article written by Elisabeth Malkin of The New York Times. “The announcement late Friday came after what began as peaceful demonstrations by supporters of the opposition candidate, Salvador Nasralla, turned violent in some places. The government said the curfew would go into effect for 10 days, during which time anyone found outdoors between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. could be arrested.”

At least one fatality has been reported; and injuries have resulted from clashes between security forces and protestors, who blocked roads and bridges for at least two days to demand an impartial count of votes. The burning of tires and cars — as well as looting — has been reported in some places.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to Honduras over the next couple of weeks, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to the civil unrest which may adversely affect your travel plans. Better yet, postponing or canceling your trip might be a better option — no matter which mode of travel you plan on taking.

If you have a flight scheduled, your flight may be delayed or canceled — and you may be eligible for a waiver of a fee to change your itinerary. If you are driving in any of these areas, watch out for deteriorating weather conditions and traffic problems.

Here are four airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this weather system:

  • American Airlines has issued travel alerts for Roatan, San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa for Friday, December 1, 2017 through Friday, December 8, 2017; and Friday, December 22, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued travel alerts for Roatan, San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa for Saturday, December 2, 2017 through Monday, December 4, 2017; and Monday, December 11, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Delta Air Lines has issued travel alerts for San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa for Saturday, December 2, 2017 through Monday, December 4, 2017; and Saturday, December 9, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Aeromexico has issued a travel alert for San Pedro Sula for Thursday, November 30, 2017 through Friday, December 1, 2017; and Wednesday, December 6, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.

Summary

Be sure to contact your airline or transportation provider for the latest information pertaining to your travels — if they are adversely affected — and please: travel safely.

Source: Map data ©2017 Google; ©2017 TerraMetrics.

2 thoughts on “Travel Alert December 2017: Civil Unrest in Honduras”

  1. I feel for the people in Honduras it must be so frightening. We’re in Belize at the moment and are planning to head there in about six weeks time. Our plan was to visit all of Central America but that might not happen now. Hopefully there won’t be anymore causalities. Thanks for the up-to-date information it’s a great help.

  2. Mitch Ritter says:

    “WHAT HAPPENS IN HONDURAS, STAYS IN HONDURAS” per Washington’s traffic director of Death Squads, Our man in Tegucigalpa, John Negroponte. Look up the promotions he received after his distinguished Central American years of Public Service. Some cause and effect decades later and hundreds of millions of dollars of our tax-payer dollars gone into Panamanian shell companies as the WAR ON DRUGS outcomes only increased the flow of narco-traffic through Honduras and off-shoring and laundering of cash into Panamanian Canal Zone corporate shells or into Wachovia Bancorp (until the DEA caught Wachovia just before the Treasury Department and FTC allowed Wells Fargo to use its bail-out TARP money to buy the eastern seaboard money-laundering competitor…

    “USS Honduras”
    http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bal-negroponte1a-story.html

    “The partnership with Honduras and General Alvarez expanded. Military aid to Honduras jumped from $3.9 million in 1980 to $77.4 million by 1984.”!

    “The tiny country eventually was crowded with so much U.S. military equipment and personnel that some started referring to it as “the USS Honduras.”

    “While the U.S. government heaped money and praise on Alvarez, evidence of human rights abuses mounted.”

    “One accusation came from Col. Leonidas Torres Arias, after he was ousted as intelligence chief for the Honduran armed forces.”

    “In August 1982, he told a packed news conference in Mexico City about Battalion 316, “a death squad operating in Honduras that was being led by armed forces chief, General Gustavo Alvarez.” He mentioned three victims by name, including Nelson Mackay.”

    “At the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa, U.S. officials were confronted with personal and written appeals for help from relatives of the disappeared.”

    “Former Honduran Congressman Efrain Diaz Arrivillaga said he spoke several times about the military’s abuses to U.S. officials in Honduras, including Negroponte.”

    “Their attitude was one of tolerance and silence,” he said. “They needed Honduras to loan its territory more than they were concerned about innocent people being killed.”

    ” John Negroponte, now U.S. ambassador to the Philippines, has declined repeated requests by telephone and in writing since July for interviews about this report, including most recently in a hand-delivered letter to the embassy in Manila.”

    “Almost every day, Honduran newspapers published stories about the military’s violence and full-page ads with pictures of the missing. In 1982 alone, at least 318 stories were published about military abuses.”

    “Some directly named Alvarez.”

    “General Alvarez, as a human being, I beg you to free my children,” read one headline from El Tiempo on April 30, 1982.”

    “Members of the Honduran Congress drafted resolutions calling for investigations into the disappearances.”
    “Relatives of Battalion 316’s victims marched by the hundreds through the narrow streets of Tegucigalpa demanding the return of the missing.”

    “Alive they were taken! Alive we want them back!” they chanted, mostly wrinkled old women with white scarves covering their heads, carrying posters with drawings of their missing sons and grandsons.”

    “But, determined to avoid questions in Congress, U.S. officials in Honduras concealed evidence of rights abuses.”
    “There are no political prisoners in Honduras,” asserted the State Department human rights report on Honduras for 1983.”

    “By that time the embassy was aware of numerous kidnappings of leftists and had participated in the freeing of two prominent victims whose abduction and torture had become embarrassing.”

    “Specific examples of brutality by the Honduran military typically never appeared in the human rights reports, prepared by the embassy under the direct supervision of Ambassador Negroponte. Those reports to Congress were required under the Foreign Assistance Act, which in most circumstances prohibits the United States from providing military aid to nations whose governments engage in a consistent pattern of gross violations of human rights.”
    “The reports from Honduras were carefully crafted to leave the impression that the Honduran military respected human rights.”

    “The end of Alvarez”

    “By 1984, other Honduran officers began to worry that Alvarez had dragged the country too far into violence against their own people.”

    “Later the same year, Alvarez and his wife and five children landed in Miami, where they lived for five years. He joined an evangelical church in Miami and embraced religion with as much passion as he had embraced the fight against communism.”

    (c) by Gary Cohn (not Trump Swamp’s Wall Street cabinet appointee) and Ginger Thompson, The Baltimore Sun, June 11, 1995

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