President Xiomara Castro has militarized the borders to “erradicate extortion” throughout the country
Militarized borders, possible states of emergency and bank controls are the main measures announced on Thursday by the Honduran president, Xiomara Castro, to “erradicate extortion in the last corner of our country.” Thus, he has declared the national emergency in terms of security to “fight crime, extortion, drug trafficking and dismantle criminal organizations until the white-collar leaders are identified and captured.”
In an appearance before the main police leaders, Castro recalled that, in Honduras, the extortion It is the “sinister result of the existence of organized crime that is based in different areas of our country and is one of the main causes of insecurity, migration, displacement, loss of freedom, violent deaths, and the closure of small and medium-sized businesses.”
Precisely, this Tuesday, the bus drivers protested through the streets of Tegucigalpa until they reached the Presidential House to denounce the lack of support from the authorities for the extortions they suffer under death threats by criminal groups, including gangs. The leader of urban transport in the capital, Eduardo Ruz, revealed that, in one week, a route received five telephones from extortionists who demanded money. For his part, the leader and businessman in the transport sector wilmer clix He pointed out that, in the last four years, 496 transport workers have been killed, of whom 60 have lost their lives this year.
This situation affects more sectors in the Central American country, as revealed by a report presented this week by the Association for a More Just Societywhich reveals that more than 206,000 households have been victims of extortion so far in 2022. Thus, this report reveals that the population of Honduras could be paying up to 737 million dollars a year to organized crime structures, so that the This year, extortion affected more than 847,000 children, young people, and adults.
Faced with this situation, the director of the Honduran National Police, Gustavo Sánchez, announced this Thursday the Comprehensive National Plan Against Extortion and Related Crimes, which contemplates implementing patrols, checkpoints and operations in different municipalities, as well as preventing the entry of communication devices into prisons. “This government of democratic socialism declares war on extortion, just as from the first day we declared war on corruption, impunity and drug trafficking,” Xiomara Castro remarked.
STATES OF EXCEPTION
To this end, it instructed the National Police to proceed through its community evaluations to propose states of exception and suspension of partial constitutional guarantees in the different areas or sectors where it is warranted.” In this way, Honduras could emulate The Saviorwhere the Legislative Assembly decreed the emergency regime since March in the framework of the ‘war against gangs’ declared by the president, Nayib Bukele, and which has resulted in the arrest of 58,000 people and the militarization of the streets.
Castro has also ordered “immediately” that the controls and surveillance at the land, air and sea borders “should be carried out with the armed forces and the military police for public order” to guarantee national security. The president has indicated that the National Police should
to recover in the “shortest possible time the public spaces assaulted and controlled by organized crime and its gangs” so that there are no longer “lawless territories in the neighborhoods, neighborhoods, villages and municipalities.”
At the same time, he has ordered the national telecommunications commission control the sale of chips for telephones, so that they will no longer be marketed without the identity number. Likewise, it has instructed the National Banking and Insurance Commission to establish the necessary measures “so that all economic transactions in the different modalities are through the identification of the person responsible.” Finally, it has advanced that there will be a financial investigation and intelligence system for the “tracking, detection and deactivation of money laundering and assets from organized crime, both national and transnational.”
“The trusts and in particular the security tax were squandered secretly and corruptly,” denounced Castro, who lamented that his Government “has received the country in ruins”, after “in the last 12 years the Honduran people were victims of the imposition of a drug cartel from the State itself, which permeates the institutions and the police and military structures, raising without limits the violence, extortion and the formation of criminal organizations”.
It should be remembered that the former president of Honduras Juan Orlando Hernandez (2014-2022) will face a trial in New York on April 24, 2023 accused of three counts of drug trafficking, after he was extradited to the US, where he remains in jail after being arrested in his country on February 15 .