State of emergency in Honduras: more than 600 police sent to the borders
Xiomara Castro, President of Honduras
Honduras on Sunday sent more than 600 police officers to the borders with El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua in the context of the #x27;State of emergency declared Thursday in the face of the increase in the activities of criminal gangs, the Military Police (PMOP) told AFP.
In accordance with the order issued by the President of the Republic and within the framework of the Global Security Plan, more than 600 military police left today to reinforce security operations at border points, said the porter. word of the PMOP, Mario Rivera.
This unit, made up of elements from the army, was created by the previous government.
< p class="e-p">These reinforcements aim to prevent the entry into the country of members of criminal structures from neighboring countries and in particular from El Salvador, explained the spokesperson.
Since the beginning of the year, Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele's war on gangs led to the detention of some 58,000 people.
In Honduras, the reinforcements have been sent to the departments of Choluteca, Valle, La Paz, Intibuca, Ocotepeque, Santa Barbara, Cortés, El Paraiso and Gracias a Dios, according to Mr. Rivera, who assured that they will remain on place indefinitely.
Honduras President Xiomara Castro declared a state of emergency on Thursday in order, she says, to bolster the government's strategy of immediate recovery lawless territories.
Police Director Gustavo Sanchez had indicated that at least 20,000 officers would be mobilized as part of this measure, adopted a few days after hundreds of bus drivers demonstrated in the capital against gang extortion.
Some 400 transport workers have been killed since the start of the crisis. year in this context, according to union leaders.
Honduras is at the heart of the triangle of death, an area of the 'Central America plagued by violence, poverty and corruption. Criminal gangs, known as maras, reign terror there, as well as in El Salvador and Guatemala.