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International News: El Salvador has arrested 2% of its adult population amidst its crackdown on gangs

Posted: Wednesday, December 21, 2022. 12:59 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: In March, El Salvador declared a state of emergency for the first time to commence a crackdown on notorious and violent gangs.

That State of emergency has been extended every month since then, CNN reports.

Since Salvadoran President, Nayib Bukele implemented the measure, an estimated 2% of the country’s adult population, or about 100,000 people, have now been detained.

Human rights groups have called on the Salvadoran government to respect the human rights and dignity of those detained, however, the measure seems to be popular among Salvadorans.

Some polls show support for the state of emergency reaching almost 90% among Salvadorans.

 

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