Opposition protests escalate; incumbent president leads Honduran reelection count

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Two people died as Honduran security forces clashed with demonstrators and fanned out to enforce a curfew, officials said on Saturday, after a contested presidential election triggered looting and protests.

At least three people have now died and hundreds have been arrested after the tally from last Sunday’s presidential race stalled without a clear winner and opposition leaders accused the government of trying to steal the election.

TV star Salvador Nasralla on Saturday accused his rival, President Juan Orlando Hernandez, of carrying out a coup by manipulating the vote count and declaring the curfew to stifle protests.

International concern has grown about the electoral crisis in the poor Central American country, which struggles with violent drug gangs and one of the world’s highest murder rates. (Reuters)

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<p>A masked supporter of presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla yells at fellow protesters to fight police at their roadblock to protest what they call electoral fraud in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP) </p>
Opposition protests after re-election count

A masked supporter of presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla yells at fellow protesters to fight police at their roadblock to protest what they call electoral fraud in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)

<p>A man carries a boy as they cross a burning barricade erected by supporters of presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla protesting the officials results that have trickled out giving incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernandez a growing lead, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP) </p>
Opposition protests after re-election count

A man carries a boy as they cross a burning barricade erected by supporters of presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla protesting the officials results that have trickled out giving incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernandez a growing lead, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)

<p>A youth is assisted by bystanders as he reacts to tear gas fired by police during a protest by supporters of presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. (Photo: Fernando Antonio/AP) </p>
Opposition protests after re-election count

A youth is assisted by bystanders as he reacts to tear gas fired by police during a protest by supporters of presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. (Photo: Fernando Antonio/AP)

<p>A supporter of presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla takes a selfie at a roadblock set up by people protesting what they call electoral fraud in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP) </p>
Opposition protests after re-election count

A supporter of presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla takes a selfie at a roadblock set up by people protesting what they call electoral fraud in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)

<p>Supporters of Honduran presidential candidate for the Opposition Alliance against the Dictatorship coalition, Salvador Nasralla, clash with soldiers and riot police near the Electoral Supreme Court (TSE), as the country waits for the final results of the week-end’s presidential election, in Tegucigalpa, on Nov. 30, 2017. (Photo: Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Opposition protests after re-election count

Supporters of Honduran presidential candidate for the Opposition Alliance against the Dictatorship coalition, Salvador Nasralla, clash with soldiers and riot police near the Electoral Supreme Court (TSE), as the country waits for the final results of the week-end’s presidential election, in Tegucigalpa, on Nov. 30, 2017. (Photo: Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Supporters of presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla light a Molotov cocktail during a protest caused by the delayed vote count for the presidential election at Villanueva neighborhood in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Dec. 1, 2017. (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters) </p>
Opposition protests after re-election count

Supporters of presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla light a Molotov cocktail during a protest caused by the delayed vote count for the presidential election at Villanueva neighborhood in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Dec. 1, 2017. (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters)

<p>A supporter of Libre Alliance presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla is assisted by fellow protesters after getting injured during clashes with security forces guarding the institute where election ballots are stored in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP) </p>
Opposition protests after re-election count

A supporter of Libre Alliance presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla is assisted by fellow protesters after getting injured during clashes with security forces guarding the institute where election ballots are stored in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)

<p>A supporter of presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla holds a Molotov cocktail during a protest caused by the delayed vote count for the presidential election at Villanueva neighborhood in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Dec. 1, 2017. (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters) </p>
Opposition protests after re-election count

A supporter of presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla holds a Molotov cocktail during a protest caused by the delayed vote count for the presidential election at Villanueva neighborhood in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Dec. 1, 2017. (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters)

<p>Military policemen react to a gas canister thrown back by a supporter of Salvador Nasralla, presidential candidate for the Opposition Alliance Against the Dictatorship, during a protest caused by the delayed vote count for the presidential election in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Nov. 30, 2017. (Photo: Jorge Cabrera/Reuters) </p>
Opposition protests after re-election count

Military policemen react to a gas canister thrown back by a supporter of Salvador Nasralla, presidential candidate for the Opposition Alliance Against the Dictatorship, during a protest caused by the delayed vote count for the presidential election in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Nov. 30, 2017. (Photo: Jorge Cabrera/Reuters)

<p>Supporters of Honduran presidential candidate for the Opposition Alliance against the Dictatorship party Salvador Nasralla, are affected by tear gas during a protest outside the Electoral Supreme Court (TSE), to demand the announcement of the election final results in Tegucigalpa, on Nov. 30, 2017. (Photo: Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Opposition protests after re-election count

Supporters of Honduran presidential candidate for the Opposition Alliance against the Dictatorship party Salvador Nasralla, are affected by tear gas during a protest outside the Electoral Supreme Court (TSE), to demand the announcement of the election final results in Tegucigalpa, on Nov. 30, 2017. (Photo: Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Supporters of Salvador Nasralla, presidential candidate for the Opposition Alliance Against the Dictatorship, throw rocks toward a police water cannon during a protest while awaiting for official presidential election results in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Nov. 30, 2017. (Photo: Jorge Cabrera/Reuters) </p>
Opposition protests after re-election count

Supporters of Salvador Nasralla, presidential candidate for the Opposition Alliance Against the Dictatorship, throw rocks toward a police water cannon during a protest while awaiting for official presidential election results in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Nov. 30, 2017. (Photo: Jorge Cabrera/Reuters)

<p>Supporters of Libre Alliance presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla throw rocks at riot police near the National Institute of Professional Training, where election ballots are stored, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP) </p>
Opposition protests after re-election count

Supporters of Libre Alliance presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla throw rocks at riot police near the National Institute of Professional Training, where election ballots are stored, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)

<p>Supporters of Salvador Nasralla, presidential candidate for the Opposition Alliance Against the Dictatorship, clash with riot police as they wait for official presidential election results in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Nov. 30, 2017. (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters) </p>
Opposition protests after re-election count

Supporters of Salvador Nasralla, presidential candidate for the Opposition Alliance Against the Dictatorship, clash with riot police as they wait for official presidential election results in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Nov. 30, 2017. (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters)

<p>Riot police fires tear gas toward supporters of Salvador Nasralla, presidential candidate for the Opposition Alliance Against the Dictatorship, during a protest while awaiting for official presidential election results in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Nov. 30, 2017. (Photo: Jorge Cabrera/Reuters) </p>
Opposition protests after re-election count

Riot police fires tear gas toward supporters of Salvador Nasralla, presidential candidate for the Opposition Alliance Against the Dictatorship, during a protest while awaiting for official presidential election results in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Nov. 30, 2017. (Photo: Jorge Cabrera/Reuters)

<p>Supporters of Honduran presidential candidate for the Opposition Alliance against the Dictatorship party Salvador Nasralla, kneel to pray during a protest near the Electoral Supreme Court (TSE), to demand the announcement of the election final results in Tegucigalpa, on Nov. 30, 2017. (Photo: Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Opposition protests after re-election count

Supporters of Honduran presidential candidate for the Opposition Alliance against the Dictatorship party Salvador Nasralla, kneel to pray during a protest near the Electoral Supreme Court (TSE), to demand the announcement of the election final results in Tegucigalpa, on Nov. 30, 2017. (Photo: Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Supporters of Salvador Nasralla, presidential candidate for the Opposition Alliance Against the Dictatorship, clash with riot police as they wait for official presidential election results in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Nov. 30, 2017. (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters) </p>
Opposition protests after re-election count

Supporters of Salvador Nasralla, presidential candidate for the Opposition Alliance Against the Dictatorship, clash with riot police as they wait for official presidential election results in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Nov. 30, 2017. (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters)

<p>A supporter of Salvador Nasralla, presidential candidate for the Opposition Alliance Against the Dictatorship, gestures in front of riot police while he waits for official presidential election results outside the warehouse of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Nov. 30, 2017. (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters) </p>
Opposition protests after re-election count

A supporter of Salvador Nasralla, presidential candidate for the Opposition Alliance Against the Dictatorship, gestures in front of riot police while he waits for official presidential election results outside the warehouse of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Nov. 30, 2017. (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters)

<p>Supporters of Honduran President and presidential candidate Juan Orlando Hernandez celebrate in Tegucigalpa, on Nov. 29, 2017. (Photo: Rodrigo Arangua/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Opposition protests after re-election count

Supporters of Honduran President and presidential candidate Juan Orlando Hernandez celebrate in Tegucigalpa, on Nov. 29, 2017. (Photo: Rodrigo Arangua/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Supporters of Honduran presidential candidate for the Opposition Alliance against the Dictatorship party Salvador Nasralla, set a barricade alight during a protest outside the Electoral Supreme Court (TSE), to demand the announcement of the election final results in Tegucigalpa, on Nov. 30, 2017. (Photo: Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Opposition protests after re-election count

Supporters of Honduran presidential candidate for the Opposition Alliance against the Dictatorship party Salvador Nasralla, set a barricade alight during a protest outside the Electoral Supreme Court (TSE), to demand the announcement of the election final results in Tegucigalpa, on Nov. 30, 2017. (Photo: Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A human rights observer overcome by tear gas argues with military police during a protest by supporters of Salvador Nasralla, presidential candidate for the Opposition Alliance Against the Dictatorship, demanding the official presidential election results, outside the warehouse of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Nov. 30, 2017. (Photo: Jorge Cabrera/Reuters) </p>
Opposition protests after re-election count

A human rights observer overcome by tear gas argues with military police during a protest by supporters of Salvador Nasralla, presidential candidate for the Opposition Alliance Against the Dictatorship, demanding the official presidential election results, outside the warehouse of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Nov. 30, 2017. (Photo: Jorge Cabrera/Reuters)

<p>Riot police are pictured during a protest of supporters of Salvador Nasralla, presidential candidate for the Opposition Alliance Against the Dictatorship, while waiting for the official presidential election results outside the warehouse of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Nov. 30, 2017. (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters) </p>
Opposition protests after re-election count

Riot police are pictured during a protest of supporters of Salvador Nasralla, presidential candidate for the Opposition Alliance Against the Dictatorship, while waiting for the official presidential election results outside the warehouse of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Nov. 30, 2017. (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters)

<p>Supporters of President Juan Orlando Hernandez, who is also National Party presidential candidate, celebrate as they wait for official presidential election results in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Nov. 29, 2017. (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters) </p>
Opposition protests after re-election count

Supporters of President Juan Orlando Hernandez, who is also National Party presidential candidate, celebrate as they wait for official presidential election results in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Nov. 29, 2017. (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters)

<p>Supporters of presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla chant slogans against Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, who’s running for reelection, as they protest what they call electoral fraud in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP) </p>
Opposition protests after re-election count

Supporters of presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla chant slogans against Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, who’s running for reelection, as they protest what they call electoral fraud in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)

<p>A supporter of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, who is running for reelection, waves a flag amid smoke from firecrackers, during a march to show support for their candidate in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP) </p>
Opposition protests after re-election count

A supporter of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, who is running for reelection, waves a flag amid smoke from firecrackers, during a march to show support for their candidate in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)

<p>Supporters of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, who is running for reelection, march to show support for their candidate in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP) </p>
Opposition protests after re-election count

Supporters of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, who is running for reelection, march to show support for their candidate in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)

<p>Supporters of Libre Alliance presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla protest what they are calling electoral fraud, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP) </p>
Opposition protests after re-election count

Supporters of Libre Alliance presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla protest what they are calling electoral fraud, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)

<p>Supporters of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, who is running for reelection, march to show support for their candidate in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP) </p>
Opposition protests after re-election count

Supporters of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, who is running for reelection, march to show support for their candidate in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)

<p>A supporters of Libre Alliance presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla jumps over pyre of banners promoting Honduran President and current presidential Juan Orlando Hernandez in front of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, during a protest claiming electoral fraud, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017. (Photo: Fernando Antonio/AP) </p>
Opposition protests after re-election count

A supporters of Libre Alliance presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla jumps over pyre of banners promoting Honduran President and current presidential Juan Orlando Hernandez in front of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, during a protest claiming electoral fraud, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017. (Photo: Fernando Antonio/AP)

<p>Supporters of President and National Party presidential candidate Juan Orlando Hernandez hold figures of Hernandez as they wait for official presidential election results in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Nov. 28, 2017. (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters) </p>
Opposition protests after re-election count

Supporters of President and National Party presidential candidate Juan Orlando Hernandez hold figures of Hernandez as they wait for official presidential election results in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Nov. 28, 2017. (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters)

<p>Opposition Alliance presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla greets supporters in front of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP) </p>
Opposition protests after re-election count

Opposition Alliance presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla greets supporters in front of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)

<p>A supporter of Salvador Nasralla, presidential candidate for the Opposition Alliance Against the Dictatorship, sings the national anthem during a rally after the first official presidential election results were released outside at the Supreme Electoral Court in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Nov. 27, 2017. (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters) </p>
Opposition protests after re-election count

A supporter of Salvador Nasralla, presidential candidate for the Opposition Alliance Against the Dictatorship, sings the national anthem during a rally after the first official presidential election results were released outside at the Supreme Electoral Court in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Nov. 27, 2017. (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters)

<p>Supporters of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, who is running for reelection, march to show support for their candidate in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP) </p>
Opposition protests after re-election count

Supporters of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, who is running for reelection, march to show support for their candidate in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)

<p>A supporter of Salvador Nasralla, presidential candidate for the Opposition Alliance Against the Dictatorship, gestures in front of police officers as she waits for official presidential election results in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Nov. 27, 2017. (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters) </p>
Opposition protests after re-election count

A supporter of Salvador Nasralla, presidential candidate for the Opposition Alliance Against the Dictatorship, gestures in front of police officers as she waits for official presidential election results in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Nov. 27, 2017. (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters)

<p>Honduras President and National Party candidate Juan Orlando Hernandez celebrates with supporters and his wife Ana Garcia de Hernandez after the first official presidential election results were released in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Nov. 27, 2017. (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters) </p>
Opposition protests after re-election count

Honduras President and National Party candidate Juan Orlando Hernandez celebrates with supporters and his wife Ana Garcia de Hernandez after the first official presidential election results were released in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Nov. 27, 2017. (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters)

<p>A man prepares the electoral ballots before casting his vote during the general elections in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP) </p>
Opposition protests after re-election count

A man prepares the electoral ballots before casting his vote during the general elections in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)

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