El Salvador’s Bukele scales up anti-gang push with new deployments By Reuters


© Reuters. El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele speaks at a deployment ceremony for the fifth section of the Territorial Management plan in San Juan Opico, El Salvador November 23, 2022. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas

By Gerardo Arbaiza

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) – Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele promised on Wednesday to tighten safety round main cities, the newest escalation of an eight-month-old conflict in opposition to gang violence which human rights teams say is marred by unjustified detentions.

Since March, Bukele has ordered the arrest of greater than 50,000 suspected gang members, whom he calls terrorists, whereas denying fundamental course of rights to these caught up within the dragnet.

The crackdown is one among his signature insurance policies and is geared toward lowering the Central American nation’s murder fee to lower than two per day.

Talking at a commencement ceremony for navy officers, Bukele stated he would add greater than 200 cops to the 20,000 troopers already patrolling cities with the remit to tackle gang members.

The goal was to “encompass massive cities and extract the terrorists who’re hiding throughout the communities, with out giving them the slightest chance of escape”, he stated.

The most recent escalation follows congressional backing for a so-called state of exception, first authorized in March, which imposes strict limits on freedom of affiliation, the suitable to a authorized protection, and restrictions on telecommunications.

In keeping with authorities knowledge, the crackdown has dramatically lowered killings attributed to gangs, with greater than 200 days freed from gang-linked deaths to date this 12 months.

Bukele launched his controversial crackdown shortly after 76 Salvadorans died in a single weekend final March.

Human rights have blasted the coverage, saying many individuals arrested haven’t any prior felony historical past.

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