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Embedded With Drug Gangs in Honduras | Developing News



Published May 29, 2023, 7:20 a.m. by Bethany


VICE news traveled to honduras to embedded with drug gangs and document the country's ongoing struggle with gang violence.

What we found was a country that is struggling to cope with the violence that has been inflicted upon it by drug gangs. The Honduran government has been working to crack down on the gangs, but they have been met with resistance.

The people we spoke to told us that the gangs are becoming more brazen and that the government is not doing enough to protect them. They also said that the drug gangs are becoming more powerful and that they are terrorizing the population.

We also spoke to some of the gang members themselves. They told us that they are just trying to make a living and that they are not interested in violence.

However, the reality is that the drug gangs are responsible for a lot of the violence in honduras. They are involved in turf wars and they often target innocent civilians.

The situation in honduras is dire and it is only getting worse. The government needs to do more to protect its citizens from the gangs and to crack down on the violence.

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my name is gorinto masuch I am a

photographer I'm born in Belgrade

choose to go to Honduras

who are a city called San Pedro Sola

which has one of the highest murder

rates in the planet I met two main gangs

a marisolatrician MS-13 and Mario 18.

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posing with revolver he was holding a

marijuana for sale they also was dealing

the cocaine from the same house

who were killing people by others of

their gangs and they were telling me how

many people they killed and how they

fight I didn't really like the

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sitting there and he jumped and went to

window the guys noticed the police car

coming close to this house he jumped to

check and I saw these pictures he was

killed before they published these

pictures

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was based at that time as soon as I

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and Burundi

a late president

wanted to provide for the third term as

a president and ended up massive

protests in the streets of bujumbura

I heard there is some protest already

started in one of the neighborhoods I

went there I found a group of protesters

charging at a police officer

apparently she shot a protester with AK

in the stomach

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scared she was already heated with metal

huge pot in the head and some rocks if

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believe she thought this is her last day

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