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International News: Honduras sends military police to borders in crackdown on gangs

Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2022. 9:21 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: On Sunday, Honduras sent over 600 military police officers to its borders with El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua as part of a state of emergency declared against criminal gangs, the Voice of America reports.

Honduras has been plagued by poverty, gangs and violence including extortion.

Last Thursday, President Xiomara Castro declared a state of emergency.

“Under the order issued by the president of the republic and within the framework of the Global Security Plan, more than 600 military police left today to reinforce security operations at the border points,” military police spokesman Mario Rivera said.

The latest effort seeks to prevent the entry of criminal gangs particularly from El Salvador. Since March, Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele declared a “war” on gangs with over 58,000 people detained so far.

President Castro says that the measure seeks to recover areas of “lawless territories” in the country.

 

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