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Honduran president Porfirio Lobo says he received death threats on security levy

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


Porfirio Lobo, the president of Honduras, says he has gotten death threats from business owners angered by his plan to raise taxes to fund better security. Lobo is giving no specifics on what he says are threats "from a high level." Officials said they are heightening security at his residence and offices.

Honduran legislators in June approved a 5 percent tax on bank accounts of more than $5,000 along with taxes on cellphone sales, mining exports and casinos. It aims to raise $400 million over five years to fight organized crime.

Original source: Associated Press