Honduran protesters set fire at entrance to US embassy

MEXICO CITY — Protesters who have been filling the streets of Honduras’ capital for three weeks have set fire to a pile of tires placed at the front door of the U.S. Embassy.

At least a half-dozen burning tires sent up a large plume of dark smoke at the embassy Friday. Masked protesters appeared to start the fire unimpeded before Honduran soldiers moved in with fire extinguishers.

The embassy did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The incident occurred a day after the U.S. Embassy urged protesters to avoid violence.

At least 25 people were injured Thursday after police broke up protests by thousands of teachers and medical workers who fear recent presidential decrees could lead to massive layoffs. The government has said no one will be let go.

The Associated Press

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