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Hardline policing fails against Latam gangs -study

Heavy-handed police tactics against youth gangs in Central America have failed to reduce their criminal activity and have driven the gangs to become better organized and more dangerous, researchers who conducted a six-nation study said on Thursday. The study, led by researchers at the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico, found that gangs, known as “maras,” pose a serious threat to public security in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, where police crackdowns have led them to evolve from disorganized local groups into more heavily armed, violent and better organized bands. Full Story

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