Angry Honduran protesters burned and looted some 30 shipping containers marked with the Dole Food Company logo, this Sunday. This is the second attack on symbols of US power in the Central American nation in recent days.
Protests against US-allied Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez have been building in recent weeks over planned reforms that Hernandez’s critics argue will lead to the privatisation of public services.
The attack on the convoy of trucks took place in rural Honduras early on Sunday on a road passing through a village known as Guadalupe Carney, some 330 km from the capital, Tegucigalpa, said senior military official Fernando Leiva in an interview.
Protesters torched an access gate to the US Embassy in Tegucigalpa on Friday, setting fire to about a dozen tires after dousing them with fuel.
It what was not immediately clear what triggered the attack on the fruit trucks. Media carried images in which scorched white containers on trailers emblazoned with the Dole logo could be seen, along with at least one badly burned truck tractor. Fruit boxes could be seen in one open container.
Fruit companies have a long history in Central America and in the past were linked to US domination in the region.