Honduras decreed a national emergency due to insecurity: the Government may suspend constitutional guarantees

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President Xiomara Castro declared war on the criminal gangs that plague the country

Honduras decreed a national emergency due to insecurity: the Government may suspend constitutional guarantees

Xiomara Castro, President of Honduras (REUTERS/Fredy Rodriguez)

Honduras declared a national emergency this Thursday due to the insecurity in the Central American country and declared “war” on criminal groups operating in national territory.

“To strengthen this strategy of immediate recovery of the lawless territories in the neighborhoods and neighborhoods, in the villages, in the municipalities (and) in the departments, I declare a national emergency in terms of security,” announced President Xiomara Castro in a joint message with the police.

With this measure, the president has instructed the security authorities to establish “states of exception and suspend constitutional guarantees” wherever necessary. It has also ordered the Military Police and the Armed Forces to carry out border controls.

This announcement by the Honduran president came as part of the presentation of a plan to national security with which the Central American country declares war” on criminal groups that practice extortion, corruption and drug trafficking.

“Extortion is immersed in different areas of our country, it is one of the main causes of migration and the closure of small and medium-sized businesses,” said the Honduran president, according to the local newspaper La Prensa.

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

Honduras decreed a national emergency due to insecurity: the Government may suspend constitutional guarantees

Xiomara Castro declared war on the Mara Salvatrucha (AP)

The Head of State has stressed that the Government is now immersed in the search for those mechanisms that guarantee the restitution of the lost peace, she says, during the mandates of Porfirio Lobo (2010 -2014) and Juan Orlando Hernández (2014-2022). .

Furthermore, Castro confirmed that he gave instructions to the telecommunications agency (Conatel) to monitor the sale of chips for phones, a process that from now on will only be carried out after identification of the buyer.

The project arises amid pressure from businessmen, transporters, residents and non-governmental organizations that ensure that extortion, imposed mostly by the Mara Salvatrucha MS-13 and Mara Barrio 18 gangs , has grown in recent months.

The new security plan, which enters into force on Thursday, will not be able to apply for the moment the suspension of constitutional guarantees until it is approved by the National Congress that has sued the official for a project against extortion.

The Association for a More Just Society (ASJ), which investigates security issues, has said The so-called “war tax”, used by criminal gangs to extort, generates annual profits equivalent to 737 million dollars, almost 3% of the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

(With information from Europa Press and Reuters)

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