Posted: Wednesday, December 28, 2022. 9:07 am CST.
By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: In March, Salvadoran President, Nayib Bukele implemented a state of emergency and commenced a crackdown on gangs in the country with “mano-dura” (tough) measures.
And nine months into the crackdown, many human rights group say that he has violated the human rights of those detained, but polls show that the measures are supported by the Salvadorans.
According to the Associated Press, the country has seen more than 1,000 documented human rights abuses and about 90 deaths of prisoners in custody.
Residents in the country have long been harassed by gangs from the Barrio 18 and MS-13. The gangs engage in violent crimes and extortion.
Gangs in the country are estimated around 70,000 have are responsible for violent crimes.
President Bukele is seeking re-election in 2024 and his revealed in polls that suggest approval ratings of near 90% for both himself and his gang crackdown.
“I don’t care what the international organizations say. They can come and take the gang members. If they want them we will give them all of them,” Bukele has said.
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