Operation Lightning Reduces Crime in Honduras

By Dialogo
November 22, 2011

The military and police operation underway in Honduras since November 1 has succeeded in reducing the rate of violence by 90 percent in Tegucigalpa, the capital, and 50 percent in San Pedro Sula, stated President Porfirio Lobo on November 19.

“We’ve succeeded in significantly decreasing the rate of violent deaths in the area of the Central District (Tegucigalpa) by about 90 percent, and in San Pedro Sula, where we just started, by 50-percent,” the president asserted.

That “means less pain and fewer tears in many families,” Lobo emphasized.

In early November, President Lobo ordered around 2,000 military personnel to join more than 14,000 police officers in “Operation Lightning” against crime, in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula, the country’s second most-important city, located 240 km north of the capital.

“In view of the results that have been obtained in a few days, we have the certainty that with the passage of time, the entire population will recover the confidence to go out on the streets without being fearful of becoming victims to criminals,” Lobo stressed.

Honduras has the highest homicide rate in the world, 82.1 per 100,000 inhabitants, followed in Central America by El Salvador with 66 and Guatemala with 41.4, according to the first global study of homicides by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), released in October, which included 207 countries.