Posted: Saturday, July 23, 2022. 2:12 pm CST.
By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: President Nayib Bukele and the Salvadoran Government have extended the controversial state of emergency for the fourth time, BBC reports.
The State of Emergency was first declared in March when the government began its crackdown on gangs. The extension of the measures will go through to August 23, 2022.
Since then, 46,000 people have been arrested and many are fleeing the Central American nation.
Several human rights groups have called on the President to respect the human rights and dignity of those being detained.
Salvadoran rights group Cristosal said it had documented 63 cases of people arrested during the state of emergency who died in detention.
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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