Deadly Protests in Honduras, Iran, and the DRC
Post-election violence in Honduras claimed at least 31 lives as people took to the streets to protest alleged election rigging. According to a human rights group, the Honduran military police are responsible for the deaths of at least 21 people. The U.S.-backed government has rejected a request to investigate alleged abuses and has downplayed the deaths.
Meanwhile, clashes between protesters and security forces in Iran have claimed the lives of at least 22 people, while more than 450 demonstrators have been arrested. The protests began last Thursday and have since spread to 25 cities over widespread dissatisfaction with the country’s struggling economy and government policies.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), 12 people were killed in protests calling for the president to honor an agreement to hold elections. Scores more were injured after police and military forces shot live ammunition, tear gas, and rubber bullets at protesters. More than 120 people were arrested.
For people struggling for transparency and fairness, rule of law and equal rights, we lift our prayers, Lord. All people should have the opportunity to live in dignity, to meet their needs, and to feel safe. We pray for Honduras, Iran, and the DRC—that peace may come because of the presence of true justice. Give wisdom and guidance to the people in power, those struggling for power, and those robbed of power.