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International News: Honduras becomes 2nd country in Central America to impose State of emergency to fight gangs

Posted: Tuesday, December 6, 2022. 10:07 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: On Monday, a state of emergency went into effect in Honduras, making it the second Central American nation to impose such measures in the crackdown on gangs, the Associated Press reports.

The state of exception suspends some constitutional rights to help fight street gangs.

The measures are being implemented in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula which have struggled with powerful gangs like Barrio 18 and MS-13.

The state of emergency is for 30 days but the Government can extend it, just like El Salvador has done since March.

The new measures affect constitutional rights of association, free movement, searches and arrests.

Honduran President Xiomara Castro says that the measures were necessary due to threat to life and property posed by the gangs in both cities.

 

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