Why Hondurans are taking to the streets or leaving the country

Protests have coalesced around calls for President Hernandez to leave office.

(CNN)Dead protesters, a "failed state" and accusations of high-level drug trafficking. This time it's not Venezuela in the headlines, but key US ally Honduras.

Protests over the last two months have left at least three people dead and are contributing to a growing political crisis for President Juan Orlando Hernandez. The recent 10-year anniversary of the coup that deposed President Jose Manuel Zelaya in 2009 provided a focal point for protesters, who are angry about many of the same issues -- such as insecurity, poverty and a crisis of governance -- that are also a factor in driving growing migration to the United States.
"These challenges make many people seek a better, more peaceful, life further north," said Annette Idler, senior research fellow in politics and international relations at the University of Oxford.
While many Hondurans continue to leave the country in search of a new life, members of a variety of groups from across society are making their feelings known in the streets.
    "The one demand that now unifies all these sectors is for the President to step down," added Idler.
    Here are some key issues behind the protests:
    Hernandez was able to run for a second term after the Supreme Court changed the constitution.

    Crisis of democracy

    Members of the Honduran opposition accuse Hernandez of changing the rules of the political system in his favor.
    Reelection for a second presidential term had long been against the law in Honduras, but, after winning the 2013 election, Hernandez sparked massive protests in 2017 when he ran for a second time following a contentious 2015 Supreme Court decision scrapping the single-term limit.
    Hernandez hung on to power following a widely disputed election that eroded many Hondurans' trust in the political system due to allegations of electoral fraud.
    Now protest leaders allege that Honduras is facing social unrest because the country is a "failed state," in which institutions are not providing answers to the needs of citizens.
    Anger over the 2017 election is also deepened by the role of the US in recognizing Hernandez as the w