Help me understand Honduras.
What is a 'police state'? Why do the police officers here carry shotguns and wear paramilitary sweaters and boots? Why do police officers with shotguns, paramilitary sweaters and boots work shifts at Popeye's Chicken and the shoe store?
Starting from Ohio, I crossed the border in Brownsville, TX and wound through Mexico via Ciudad de Mexico
, Salina Cruz
. In Guatemala
I noticed the heavily armed heavy police presence and in Honduras
I've seen the same.
Today, leaving my sister's apartment in San Pedro Sula, I saw a dead man slumped over into the passenger seat of his Toyota
, having been shot moments before. Blood on his shirt, crashed into a tree. Camera crews
around, police tape cordoned about the scene.
Mexico was poor but pleasant. Guatemala and Honduras have been desparate and paranoid before becoming violent.
This isn't a question for anyone with Google-fu enough to find a wikipedia article. I've been there. Have you lived here? Have you gone to college and studied Latin American economics or history?
Some footnotes. A conversational synopsis. Personal anecdotes. Weatherworn opinions.
Maybe it's the humidity.