Weeks of demonstrations continue against de-facto regime and its plans to privatize public education.
DAVID DOUGHERTY: On Wednesday, March 30, the Honduran popular resistance called for a general strike and public works stoppage while attempting to occupy universities, schools, and major thoroughfares following several weeks of mobilizations. The de facto regime of Honduran President Porfirio "Pepe" Lobo has stepped up violent police and military confrontations against demonstrators across the country in recent weeks. Today, several universities were among the various areas targeted by the regime's military and police forces.
HEIDY ALACHAN: Right now we are at the university for the advantage of the movement. We are a group with a lot of students. We have been here for around two hours resisting the teargas bombs and police repression. We have knowledge now that their strategy is to surround the university. They have now sent reinforcements, because they already cleared much of the civic strike that was planned and carried out today with the occupation of toll roads in the north and south. So they vacated those. And right now, at this very moment, they are starting to bombard us. Our companions are running. We are attempting to resist, but the bombardment is too much. There are around 30 or 40 teargas bombs so far this morning. These are more powerful bombs. They are not like the others--way stronger than what we have seen in other marches and protests. When this gas hits us, instantly it affects the skin and respiration and you can't walk. We've had to retrieve various friends who have fainted and look for a place where we can get them water.