This week, in an attempt to promote a renewed gang crackdown, the Honduran gov released photos of incarcerated men stripped down to their underwear with their hands on top of their heads, pressed together in formation as heavily armed soldiers stand guard.
The Honduran authorities are trying to project an image of control after a gruesome massacre in a women’s prison on June 20, that killed at least 46 women prisoners, most of them burned to death in a gang war.
“We started these measures so that prisons stop being schools for crime and break the cycle of organized crime,” tweeted former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, husband of the current President Xiomara Castro, along with various photos and videos of authorities searching prisoners. “Our mission is to go after organized crime that operates inside prisons.”
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