Regional Overview: Central America and the Caribbean
7-13 June 2020

Last week, a significant number of demonstrations were reported across Central America and the Caribbean, despite a decrease in coronavirus-related mobilization. Solidarity protests with the US Black Lives Matter movement as well as demonstrations against police abuse took over the agenda, amidst rallies linked to other socioeconomic issues. The number of battles remained steady across…

Central America and COVID-19: The Pandemic’s Impact on Gang Violence

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the socio-economic and political landscape in Central America – again revealing the degree to which criminal actors are intertwined with local, national, regional, and even global economies. New restrictions on mobility and business activity have forced gangs and cartels to adapt, with major consequences for security and stability. ACLED data…

Regional Overview: Central America and the Caribbean
10-16 May 2020

The number of demonstrations remained relatively unchanged in Central America and the Caribbean as coronavirus-related restrictions continue to disrupt daily activities. The number of battles remained high, while violence targeting civilians slightly decreased after a spike in mid-April. Workers from different sectors protested to call for the lifting of work restrictions implemented during the pandemic.…

Regional Overview: Central America and the Caribbean
26 April – 2 May 2020

Battles and violence targeting civilians remain high across Central America and the Caribbean. Demonstrations increased last week amidst coronavirus lockdowns, with demands centered on the provision of state subsidies and the resumption of work. Unrest fueled by healthcare and economic concerns led to clashes with state authorities enforcing coronavirus restrictions.  Nearly 80% of all demonstrations…

Regional Overview: Central America and the Caribbean
19-25 April 2020

Last week, battles and violence targeting civilians increased in Central America and the Caribbean, along with the number of reported fatalities stemming from these events. Rising gang violence prompted several governments across the region to bolster security. As some states further expanded coronavirus-related restrictions, demonstrations over adverse effects of the lockdown policies continued. The coronavirus…

Regional Overview: Central America and the Caribbean
5-11 April 2020

In Central America and the Caribbean, violence targeting civilians continued to trend below recent levels. However, battles between state forces and gang members, as well as violence between gangs, continued steadily in Mexico and the Northern Triangle. The economic consequences of government responses to the coronavirus pandemic fueled unrest throughout the region. The economic fall-out…

Regional Overview: Central America and the Caribbean
22-28 March 2020

In Central America and the Caribbean, disorder and related fatalities continued to decrease last week. While the overall number of demonstration events remained low, concern over the spread of the coronavirus prompted demonstration activity across a number of countries. Quarantines ordered by governments to limit the spread of coronavirus have had detrimental effects on livelihoods,…

Regional Overview: Central America and the Caribbean
15-21 March 2020

In Central America and the Caribbean, the number of recorded attacks against civilians, as well as demonstrations, substantially declined. The number of battles, however, only dropped slightly in comparison to previous weeks. Demonstrations stemming from responses to the coronavirus and measures associated with it were reported across the region. While the press in Guatemala reported…