This Article is From Jul 18, 2015

Thousands of Hondurans in Fresh Protest Against President

Thousands of Hondurans in Fresh Protest Against President

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez during a news conference at the National Press Club June 17, 2015, in Washington. (AFP)

Tegucigalpa: Thousands protested in the Honduran capital Friday, the latest in a series of marches calling for an investigation into President Juan Orlando Hernandez over allegations of massive corruption.

Two separate marches eventually joined near the president's palace, where scores of hunger striking protesters known as "indignados" the indignant ones have been camped out in tents.

"Get out JOH!" demonstrators chanted Friday, using the president's initials.

Some protesters carried torches, while others held banners showing Hernandez in a prison uniform under the word "corrupt."

Massive crowds have been marching since May against Hernandez, accused of receiving government money illegally in his 2013 presidential campaign.

Hernandez admitted his conservative ruling National Party had accepted $94,000 that had been misappropriated from social security funds.

The opposition charges more than $300 million was skimmed from dirt-poor Honduras's public health system.

On Thursday riot police scuffled with protesters near the presidential palace, as officers used shields to keep the demonstrators at bay.