After weeks of nationwide protests in Honduras over allegations of election fraud in the nation\u0026#039;s November presidential election—in which the incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernández ultimately claimed victory—opposition parties are calling for a sustained uprising and a new election as human rights groups and families of protesters who have been killed in the military police\u0026#039;s brutal crackdown are demanding justice for those who have died in the streets.Protesters, who have been met \u0022with security forces who used teargas, water cannon, and live ammunition,\u0022 believe that Hernández\u0026#039;s leftist challenger, Salvador Nasralla, rightfully won the election. Following the initial outbreak of protests, the government conducted a recount of more than 5,000 polling stations, overseen by an observer mission from the European Union (EU), which led the Tribunal Supremo Electoral to confirm Hernández\u0026#039;s victory in mid-December.\u0026nbsp;Although demonstrations slowed over the holidays, on Tuesday Nasralla and fellow opposition leaders held a press conference to\u0026nbsp;announce upcoming \u0022protest actions\u0022—including a march this weekend in San Pedro Sula, the nation\u0026#039;s second-largest city—and encourage supporters to maintain a presence in the streets leading up to Hernández\u0026#039;s inauguration near the end of the month.\u0022Our objective is that on January 27 the popular will come to pass, regardless of what the electoral officials want to say,\u0022 Nasralla said,\u0026nbsp;according to\u0026nbsp;Democracy Now! \u0022The electoral officials have to respect my victory. If they don\u0026#039;t respect it, then the people will respect my victory.\u0022\u0022The president is Nasralla,\u0022 former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya—who was ousted by a U.S.-backed coup in 2009 and now serves as the leftist opposition\u0026#039;s chief coordinator—reportedly declared. \u0022Nobody should obey a usurper government.\u0022Human rights experts from the United Nations and Inter-American Commission on Human Rights have\u0026nbsp;said\u0026nbsp;they are \u0022alarmed by the illegal and excessive use of force to disperse protest,\u0022 and Amnesty International has criticized the Honduran government for \u0022deploying dangerous and illegal tactics to silence any dissenting voices.\u0022A local human rights group,\u0026nbsp;the Committee for the Families of the Detained and Disappeared in Honduras, told the Guardian\u0026nbsp;at least 31 people have died in the political crisis, and more than two-thirds of them have been killed by members of\u0026nbsp;La Policía Militar del Orden Público (POMP), the country\u0026#039;s military police force that was initially created to combat violent street gangs.Relatives of those who have been killed said \u0022they have been threatened by troops\u0022 and raised alarm about the fact that \u0022human rights prosecutions involving security forces are overseen by the same taskforce that helps coordinate PMOP operations.\u0022In spite of the rising death toll and allegations that the police are abusing protesters, the\u0026nbsp;Guardian\u0026nbsp;notes that\u0026nbsp;Honduras\u0026#039; \u0022U.S.-backed government has\u0026nbsp;rejected\u0026nbsp;a request by the Organization of American States to send a special delegate to investigate abuses,\u0022 and government\u0026nbsp;\u0022officials have downplayed the deaths,\u0026nbsp;claiming\u0026nbsp;gang members are behind protests.\u0022For its part, the United States—which has reportedly provided Honduras with more than $100 million in \u0022security assistance\u0022 since 2009—congratulated Hernández, a \u0022reliable\u0022 U.S. ally, after the recount, and its only comment on allegations of human rights abuses by state police has been a short statement encouraging \u0022all Hondurans to refrain from violence.\u0022While the EU mission supported the recount results, the\u0026nbsp;Organization of the American States maintains its doubts about the accuracy of the results and continues to demand a new election.