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Honduras’s “model cities”: Autonomous territories rejected by the people

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Dozens of workers build an industrial emporium in "model city Morazán", one of at least three territories in Honduras authorized to function with their own laws and even their own police force. States within a state, rejected by the citizens.

Honduras' version of charter cities, the Zones for Employment and Economic Development (ZEDE), are places designed to attract foreign investment and create jobs in a country where 70% of the population lives in poverty.

For civil society critics, they are areas that could serve as a refuge for fugitives from justice, evading national laws.

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