María Fernanda Arocha is the Central America Assistant Research Manager at ACLED. She holds a Master’s degree in Peace, Conflict, and Development from the University of Bradford and a B.A. in Political Science. Her research interests are related to organized crime dynamics, security policies, and their impacts on development conditions, especially in the Latin American region.

Regional Overview: Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean
17-23 April 2021

Last week in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, there continued to be a high level of demonstrations. In Nicaragua, police attacked and arrested members of the opposition amid protests to commemorate the third anniversary of the 2018 anti-government uprising. In Honduras, taxi and bus drivers protested, demanding subsidies and lower gasoline prices to cope…

Regional Overview: Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean
3-9 April 2021

Last week in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, targeted violence against government representatives, politicians, and lawyers continued. In the state of Guerrero, Mexico, a local representative and environmental activist, who advocated for the protection of the Sierra de Guerrero forest, was killed by alleged members of the Los Tlacos gang. In Honduras, a lawyer…

Regional Overview: Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean
20-26 March 2021

Last week in Honduras, an indigenous leader was killed by unidentified armed men amid continued targeting of indigenous communities. Elsewhere in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, demonstrations increased. In Mexico, the selection of National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) candidates to run in this year’s federal elections by the national party structure continued to trigger demonstrations.…

Regional Overview: Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean
6-12 February 2021

Last week in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, demonstrations and political violence remained high. In Haiti, demonstrations to demand the end of President Jovenel Moïse’s term continued amid several arrests of political opponents accused of attempting a coup. Police repression of these demonstrations left several journalists injured. In Mexico, violence against political representatives resulted…

Regional Overview: Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean
16-22 January 2021

Last week, demonstrations remained stable in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. In Haiti, demonstrations against insecurity and calls for President Jovenel Moise to step down continued. Meanwhile, in Guatemala, law enforcement clashed with migrants from Honduras trying to force their way across the border on their journey to the United States. In Nicaragua, alleged…

Regional Overview: Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean
9-15 January 2021

Despite an overall decrease in violence against civilians last week, gang activities continued to claim lives in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. In Mexico, gang disputes intensified in the state of Michoacan and Guanajuato, resulting in a number of fatalities. Amidst clashes between gangs, attacks against politicians continued in Mexico as well, with the…

Regional Overview: Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean
13 December 2020-8 January 2021

Over the past four weeks in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, political violence and demonstrations decreased. However, attacks against politicians and former government representatives continued in Mexico with the killing of two candidates running for mayor, a former governor, and a former mayor. Meanwhile, in Nicaragua and Honduras, members of the opposition and environmental…