Guatemalans Think Gang Problem Getting Worse

August 3, 2007

GUATEMALA CITY – Most Guatemalans believe that youth gangs are more violent than they were five years ago, their members live better and have links with drug trafficking, the police and the army, according to a survey published July 23 by the daily Siglo Veintiuno.

The study, carried out by Costa Rican polling firm Demoscopia S.A., reveals that 89.3% of the 1,200 people polled between June 28 and July 8 said that the gangs are more violent than they were five years ago.

The poll found that 85% think that the gangs have the capacity to organize themselves and 84% said that the groups have links with drug trafficking and organized crime.

The survey adds that 84.3% of Guatemalans believe that the gang members have a higher living standard than they did five years ago.

And 80.4% of those polled said they thought the gang members had established alliances with corrupt cops, while 61.8% said that they have formed alliances with the army.

Also, 54.9% said that they think gangs have links with corrupt politicians and 58.4% said they felt that gangs have ties with business leaders.

Of those surveyed, 82.1% said that the measures implemented by the government to break up the gangs in Guatemala have not been effective.

In Guatemala, according to the national police, some 60,000 young people belong to gangs, the most-feared of which are the Mara Salvatrucha and Mara 18.

 

You may be interested

Costa Rica’s Keylor Navas, Real Madrid nab third consecutive Champions title
Keylor Navas
94 views
Keylor Navas
94 views

Costa Rica’s Keylor Navas, Real Madrid nab third consecutive Champions title

Katherine Stanley - May 26, 2018

Costa Rica's star goalie, Keylor Navas, continued his historic march through world football as his club team, Real Madrid, won…

Adaptive surfing, part III: Riding the waves with Noah
sports
179 views
sports
179 views

Adaptive surfing, part III: Riding the waves with Noah

Ellen Zoe Golden - May 25, 2018

Part III in a series on adaptive surfing in Costa Rica. Read Part I, about the country's association for disabled…

It’s frog orgy season
Environment and Wildlife
1280 views
Environment and Wildlife
1280 views

It’s frog orgy season

Lindsay Fendt - May 25, 2018

The rainy season is upon us. For many of us that means hiding indoors for the next few months, but for Costa…