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Salvadoran President pledges to toughen war on gangs following the murder of 3 police officers

Posted: Wednesday, June 29, 2022. 10:01 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: On Tuesday, President Nayib Bukele of El Salvador pledged to toughen the war on gangs after 3 police officers were shot and killed, Reuters report.

In March, Bukele declared a state of emergency in an effort to crack down on gangs and gang violence.

The President noted that the officers were ambushed by members of the Barrio 18 gang.

Reports indicate that over 43,000 people have been arrested since the state of emergency began.

Meanwhile, many international organizations are calling on the Salvadoran government to respect the human rights and dignity of those being detained.

But, Bukele says that he is committed to defending the Salvadoran people and “ensuring that the lives of these agents were not lost in vain.”

Surveys demonstrate that 70% of Salvadorans support the government’s decision to reduce gang crime.

 

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