Monday, September 19, 2011

Resumen of the Week.

I really don't want to write about the violence going on in Honduras, but I find the need to continue on with this because if someone doesn't it is easy to forget about what is going on around us.  What is occurring here is a true tragedy and it seems like there is little that can be done to stop it.

Pepe said that his ex minister of Security made a proposal to cure the violence outbreaks but that they violated human rights and he wanted no part of it.  My question is what was the proposal and how did it violate human rights? I was really interested in the idea to clean up the police and no one has a 'right' to a job, they should be able to be fired for any act of corruption no matter how small or large.  In fact, it should be an automatic jail sentence.  Things just don't work that way in Honduras though as I am finding out.  I guess it is the Catracho way of doing things...pig headed as it is.

In the past week 3 police officers have been murdered in the line of duty and one soldier.  Two of the police officers were in Bajo Aguan along with a Honduran soldier when the patrol car they were in was attacked by 'guerrilleros' a true loss, I hope these officers and soldier are given full honors at their funeral.  The other police officer was an official, the Chief of DNIC in La Paz was murdered when he had stopped to check out a fake bomb package in Ocotillo.  Assasins opened fire on him and an ex police officer leaving both dead.  No one has been captured as of yet in either of these crimes, but it is a clear signal of the deterioration of law and order in Honduras, what little there was before anyway.

In my neighborhood we have had the pleasure of having no 'maras' so far, but the violence still breaks out here as well because there are maras in surrounding areas.  The neighborhood launched a small vigilante group but sometimes it takes quite a bit of effort to control even this small neighborhood.  It is impossible to keep all criminal elements out.  I live in a 40 year old neighborhood of Las Brisas close to Expocentro in San Pedro Sula one of the most violent cities in the Americas.  It seems a shame that to protect ourselves that as citizens we have to violate the law ourselves by arming ourselves to the teeth and shooting at anything strange that moves in the night, but that is exactly what we have done.  Anyone strange is checked out, churches have been advised to change their hours to earlier in the evening so that services end by 8 and no one should be in the park after 9 pm.  Where before we were in the street up till 2 am many nights the watch group has asked everyone to be in their home no later than 10.  This in general has been for the safety of the neighborhood.