Tens of thousands of public employees in Honduras rejected a presidential order and an appeal by lawmakers to end a nationwide strike that has paralyzed government operations and shut down hospitals and schools. The 60,000-member Public Employees Assn. vowed to continue the strike until the government agrees to provide better pay and benefits. Last week, President Jose Azcona Hoyo declared the first-ever nationwide walkout by government employees illegal and ordered them back to work. But the public employees, who are seeking paid vacations, an extra month’s pay every year, job security and Christmas bonuses, rejected the order.