|Courtesy: El Heraldo, President Lobo in the middle cheering for Honduras.|
Let's forget that almost 10,000 extra soldiers are on the streets this year due to the record homicide rate. Or, that schools were closed last week, for the entire week, and they are closing six weeks early for the year. Let's forget that nurses and doctors are on strike in many public hospital and clinics due to lack of pay, some for as long as nine months.
None of those issues seem urgent, compared to the need to close down essential services and education at literally "the midnight hour" to celebrate a football/soccer match today. The city and country is rapidly becoming militarized as the country heads towards a president election on November 24. Scenes like these are far too common, and they make me uncomfortable as martial law seems to be easing in with no end in sight.
On a personal note, I know of two families, who between them, have four family members suffering from dengue fever. One is a child who is hospitalized. One elderly lady has pneumonia, too. Will the public clinics and hospitals be open to serve the poor today? Honduras may never lose the status of an underdeveloped, backwater country if the leaders continue to make such poor decisions.