Honduras extends state of emergency to curb gangs

Honduras extended for the fifth time the state of exception to fight the violent gangsnow in force until July 5, the government reported this Saturday.

“We have a new extension until July 5 of this year,” the spokesman for the Ministry of Security, Miguel Martínez, told local television.

It’s about the fifth extension established in an executive decree that will be in force from May 21 to July 5 and covers 123 of the 298 municipalities of Honduras.

The executive decree that allows arrests or searches without a court order must be known by the Honduran Congress within 30 days in order to ratify, modify or annul it.

“Since the application of this state of exception, the 150 criminal gangs“And there have also been 3,500 raids,” Martínez said.

With the new extension, they will “continue the fight” against crime and drug trafficking groups to guarantee “citizen security” in the country, he emphasized.

The state of emergency was originally decreed on December 6 due to the actions of the Mara Salvatrucha and Barrio 18 gangs that survive on extortion, assassination and drug sales.

The measure is similar to one issued by the government of Nayib Bukele in El Salvador 14 months ago, although with fewer actions and results than in the neighboring country, which accumulates almost 69,000 imprisoned gang members.

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