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Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2022. 9:15 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: On Tuesday, El Salvador extended its state of emergency for the 3rd time as the crackdown on gangs continues.

Since the start of the country’s crackdown on gangs, there have been criticisms from many human rights organizations over the suspension of constitutional protections.

President Nayib Bukele began the 30-day measure in March after the murder rate spiked in the country. However, the state of emergency has been extended twice since.

The measure will be extended for another month starting on June 25 allowing security forces more power to fight violent gangs.

And while many organizations continue to call on the Salvadoran government to respect the human rights and dignity of those being detained, surveys show that 70% of Salvadorans support the government’s measures.

Since the crackdown began, over 40,000 people have been arrested including 1,190 minors for belonging to or collaborating with the gangs, official data show.

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