TEGUCIGALPA Oct 3 Clashes broke out in Honduras
on Monday as police fired tear gas on demonstrators blocking
highway toll stations in protest against efforts by the ruling
party to enable presidential re-election and keep the incumbent
Juan Hernandez in power.
The protesters were also demonstrating against increases in
highway toll rates and the cost of electricity.
Urged on by the opposition Liberty and Refoundation Party
(LIBRE), protesters took toll stations in the center and north
of the Central American country, sparking clashes in which at
least 14 people were arrested, a police official said.
LIBRE is the party of former president Manuel Zelaya, who
was deposed in a 2009 coup after a bitter political stand-off
over re-election, which Hernandez's party has backed for the
next vote, due towards the end of 2017.
Hernandez, of the conservative National Party, has not said
whether he will seek re-election, nor has he ruled it out.
Last year, the Supreme Court of Honduras struck down a law
that banned presidents from seeking a second term.
(Reporting by Gustavo Palencia; Editing by Marguerita Choy)