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Honduras ‘declares war’ on gangs, declares state of emergency

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Honduran President Xiomara Castro on Thursday declared a national emergency over insecurity in the Central American nation, declaring “war” on criminal groups operating in Honduran territory.

With this action, Castro instructed security officials to establish “states of exception and suspension of constitutional guarantees” where necessary. He also ordered the gendarmerie and military to crack down on the border.

The announcement by the President of Honduras came within the framework of presenting a national security plan in which the Central American country “declares war” against criminal groups engaged in extortion, corruption and drug trafficking.

“Extortion is rampant in different parts of our country and is one of the main causes of migration and the closure of small businesses,” the Honduran president said, according to local newspaper La Prensa. .

As Castro explained, the main objective of his “anti-extortion plan” is to fight maras and gangs operating in Honduran territory, especially in the streets of the capital, Tegucigalpa.

The Heads of State underscored the government’s preoccupation during the terms of Porfirio Lobo (2010 – 2014) and Juan Orlando Hernández (2014 – 2022) in the search for mechanisms that would ensure the restoration of the lost peace. . .

Similarly, Castro confirmed that he directed the telecommunications organization (Conatel) to monitor the sale of phone chips.

At the economic level, the National Commission for Banking and Insurance should establish “necessary measures to ensure that banking movements involve the identification of people”.

Source: Diario.Elmundo

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