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International News: El Salvador announces new gang crackdown measures

Posted: Thursday, November 24, 2022. 10:46 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: On Wednesday, Salvadoran President, Nayib Bukele announced that sections of cities will be sealed off to search for gang members, the Associated Press reports.

Bukele told the 14,000 army troops that sectors of cities in El Salvador will be surrounded by police and soldiers and anyone entering or leaving will be checked.

The President said this was “Phase 5”  of the 9-month crackdown on gangs.

Over 58,000 people have been detained since the state of emergency was declared in March.

“Now comes phase five, which is rooting out the criminals that still remain in communities,” Bukele said.

Bukele says that in Comasagua, over 2,000 soldiers surrounded and closed off in October to search for gang members and that worked.

Gangs in the Central American nation have been estimated to count some 70,000 members in their ranks and have controlled areas and are involved in violent criminal activity.

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


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