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Honduras Unrest Spreads as Protesters Burn Tires at U.S. Embassy

Demonstrators protest against government reforms in Tegucigalpa on May 31.
Demonstrators protest against government reforms in Tegucigalpa on May 31.Photographer: Orlando Sierra/AFP

Honduras was hit by a fresh round of violent demonstrations Friday as protesters clashed with security forces a day after it emerged that President Juan Orlando Hernandez had been investigated for drug trafficking by U.S. authorities.

Local television reports showed images and video of anti-government protesters blocking highways and throwing stones at anti-riot police, who fired teargas back. The main airport in the capital was temporarily closed as the unrest spread. One group -- it was unclear whether they were pro or anti-government -- set fire to a pile of tires in an entrance to the U.S. Embassy.