Tegucigalpa, Honduras: Rioters burn city center

A demonstration against government reforms turned violent this week when a small group of masked activists hurling Molotov cocktails set the Honduran capital’s historic center on fire. Hundreds of people were evacuated as at least four buildings burned, including Tegucigalpa’s city hall. Riot police fired tear gas and charged at protesters with batons, injuring dozens. The demonstrators—most of whom were peaceful—want to stop the government’s plan to restructure the education and health ministries, because they fear that teachers and doctors will be laid off. The government denies that the changes will lead to privatization or layoffs.