Back in the days of The Sopranos, “It’s over for the little guy”. Now there’s real muscle doing the protection rackets.
“Nearly all the merchants have left. They decided to leave before they got killed or had to pay the ‘war tax,'” said Sheila, methodically slicing bananas and tossing them into boiling oil.
The “tax,” in her case, is $20 a month, which she pays the gangsters so they will let her stay in business.
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The maras now have some 100,000 members in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.
A MORE PEACEFUL AND PROSPEROUS HONDURAS? Not quite in the works yet (emphasis added):
President Orlando Hernández’s speech promoted his plan for domestic development. While detailing the new initiatives for the prosperity of his people, the president seemed to lack equal detail when addressing questions of what Honduras can do to tackle the global illegal drug issues in which it is entangled. Only when his administration takes on the problems that Honduras is facing on a transnational level will President Orlando Hernández be able to meet the standards necessary to join the Alliance for Prosperity, and make use of the admittedly questionable advantages it offers.