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International News: Honduras declares State of Emergency against gang crime

Posted: Saturday, November 26, 2022. 2:45 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: On Thursday, Honduras became the second Central American nation to declare a state of emergency to fight gang crimes including extortion, ABC news reports.

Gangs have charged protection money from bus and taxi drivers and store owners in Honduras and in El Salvador.

Honduran President Xiomara Castro proposed a measure to limit constitutional rights in the crackdown against gangs and gang crimes.

“This social democratic government is declaring war on extorsion, just as it has, since the first day, declared wars on corruption, impunity and drug trafficking,” Castro said.

Bus operators have since expressed support for the move saying that they are tired of being threatened and killed for not paying up to the gangs.

They are hoping that the measures work because many people are being killed when they fail to pay the gangs.

Meanwhile, in El Salvador, President Nayib Bukele has since renewed the state of emergency every month since March when the crackdown on gangs began.

Several non-governmental organizations have cited human rights violations in El Salvador but the measures have proved popular among the public.

 

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