• HONDURAN GANGS EXACT HEAVY ‘WAR TAX’ FROM BUS DRIVERS

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    TEGUCIGALPA: Jose’s scars are a constant reminder of the day gang members set him on fire for failing to pay their “war tax”—a daily nightmare for bus drivers in Honduras. Jose says he was never warned he had to pay the “tax,” imposed on bus and taxi drivers, small-business owners and ordinary residents by the gangs that have carved up much of Central America and made it one of the most violent regions in the world. So far this year 50 people have been killed—17 of them drivers—and 25 wounded in attacks on public transport, according to the National Human Rights Commission.

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