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Thousands march in Honduras against government corruption

first_imgCarrying torches and Honduran flags, and shouting “JOH out!” — referring to the president’s initials — protesters paralyzed central Tegucigalpa in the march, which was organized through social media.“The Honduran people are awakening from their lethargy … this is just the beginning,” said protest organizer Gabriela Blen. “We want an international commission against impunity to be installed.”A U.N.-backed anti-impunity body has helped uncover corruption in Guatemala, leading to resignations.In Honduras, a new congressional report released Friday said that businesspeople linked to the graft scandal gave $280,000 to Hernandez’s political party during his 2013 campaign.The report said the businesspeople deposited checks into accounts linked to Ricardo Alvarez, Hernandez’s vice president.The investigation by the congressional commission found the amount of dirty money that made its way into the president’s campaign was higher than Hernandez has acknowledged. Hernandez previously said his party had informed him that the funds involved 10 checks totaling around $150,000 in donations.Separate investigations have revealed corruption in the public health system that included kickbacks, diverting money from medicines and purchases of substandard medicine. 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Thousands of people marched against corruption in Honduras’ capital on Friday, delivering a letter to the local U.N. office asking for an international commission against impunity to investigate scandals involving top government officials.The protest came after President Juan Orlando Hernandez acknowledged that his election campaign received financing from businesspeople linked to a social security embezzlement scandal that investigators allege involved millions of dollars misspent on marked-up goods and services. Hernandez has denied any personal involvement. FILE – In this Nov. 24, 2013, file photo, then National Party Presidential Candidate Juan Orlando Hernandez, second from right, greets supporters at a polling station in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Now as President of Honduras, Hernandez has acknowledged Wednesday, June 3, 2015, that his election campaign received financing from businesspeople linked to a social security embezzlement and graft scandal that has sparked large protests, but denied any personal involvement. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo, File)center_img Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more