Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Police chiefs from Central and North America are meeting in Los Angeles to discuss a crackdown on gangs which are causing havoc across the region

BBC News:

Latino gangs - which originated in LA - are blamed for a spree of murders, rapes and robberies across the region.

The three-day meeting will focus on improving co-operation and intelligence sharing to stop the so-called Maras.

This week, the US said it would fund a new anti-gang unit for Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Belize.

Until now, the gangs have mostly been tackled on a country-by-country basis.

The heads of the national police forces of several countries where gangs are prevalent, including El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico are meeting officials from US drug enforcement agencies and the FBI.

Some Central American officials have expressed concern about US methods of deporting gang members to countries where local authorities are unable to arrest them because they have committed no crime in their country of origin.

Of the 120 people arrested in a recent anti-gang raid in El Salvador, 40 had been deported from the US at least once, the country's police chief Rodrigo Avila-Aviles said.

"I cannot blame the United States for deporting them," he added. "However... we need to look out for new mechanisms so we have more control over these guys."

The Maras - whose members are heavily tattooed - grew out of Latino gangs formed in Los Angeles in the early 1980s.

Over the years their network has spread and there are now thought to be hundreds of thousands of gang members across North and Central America.

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At 10:42 AM, Anonymous Big Bill said...

It's cute the way they try to blame white folks. The Maras are children of the leftist terrorists in El Salvador that were smuggled into the USA for "sanctuary" in the 1970's. Remember all those Catholic Churches and Quakers who declared themselves "refuges" for wetback El Salvadoran terrorists? Well, these are their children.

Ask a Mara why they joined the gang, wwhat their history is. They will tell you that it was violent and savage Mexicans and blacks who preyed on them and brutalized them in LA that forced them to band together and become wome of the most hateful, twisted, violent people ever.

Frankly, "America's" (read: "white folks") contribution was limited to being weak-kneed bleeding hearts who violated Federal immigration law in order to import and plant hundreds of little Mara colonies all over our fair land.

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