Image of a police operation in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
A “condition of exception” to confront gangs implemented in Honduras in December was extended for 45 days due to “good results” and expanded to more municipalities, officials reported Saturday.
A Honduran spokesman said on Twitter: “Because of the positive results, the government of President Siomara Castro will extend the state of emergency for another 45 days.”
Castro imposed the measure on December 6, mainly against members of the Barrio 18 and Mara Salvatrucha gangs. Gang members mobilized thousands of police to maintain the peace and terrorize poor neighborhoods.
The ‘State of Exception’ will continue to administer 89 districts of Tegucigalpa and 73 districts of San Pedro Sula, with the addition of another 73 municipal districts of Honduras, a country of 10 million people.
The Honduran National Police said in a tweet that “various patrols are carried out in different areas of the capital, aimed at protecting and preventing petty crimes and the execution of crimes”, confirming that they are complying with the expanded scope. It pointed out.
A “state of exception” was approved by Castro to “because of the serious disruption of peace and security that is fundamentally caused by organized crime groups and spread through the major cities of the country,” and “temporarily suspend the guarantees established in the Constitution.” decided to stop. Republic”.
The order gives police powers to “detain any person whom they determine and consider responsible for committing, committing, or participating in crimes and the commission of crimes.”
The president emphasized on the occasion that the attack was primarily focused on fighting blackmailers.
In a report released on the first day of the year, the security chief said that by the end of 2022, Honduras would be one of the most violent countries in the world with a homicide rate of 35.79 per 100,000 population. , noted the lowest in 16 years.
The decline was due to the implementation of a “new security strategy,” according to the report, in addition to 307 disbanded criminal gangs dedicated to drug sales, extortion and other crimes affecting criminal violence. , showing that 1,371 gang members were arrested last year.