In less than 6 months, El Savador has arrested roughly 50,000 gang members – IOTW Report

In less than 6 months, El Savador has arrested roughly 50,000 gang members

Just The News: El Savador has arrested roughly 50,000 gang members in the five months since the country launched a major offensive against criminal groups there, law enforcement figures said this week. 

Mauricio Arriaza, the director of the National Civil Police, told media on Tuesday that the country has “already reached 50,000 recorded detentions during the period of the emergency regime” established by President Nayib Bukele in March. 

That “emergency regime” did away with arrest warrants for suspected criminal gang participants; it also increases prison sentences for gang activity to a whopping 45 years. 

Justice Minister Gustavo Villatoro said the effects of the emergency procedures “have been overwhelming” and “have had a strong impact on these terrorist structures” within the country. 

Among the most notable gangs in the country is Maria Salvatrucha, the Los Angeles-born gang known for its brutal tactics including torture and beheading.

SNIP: It’s Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), not “Maria.”


10 Comments on In less than 6 months, El Savador has arrested roughly 50,000 gang members

  1. A dangerous tactic, but if they are serious about it, it is a good start. It will likely spark a murderous reaction against the government and the people, who are unlikely to get any outside help.

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  2. Bekele appears to be a no nonsense mofo. We’ll see how it plays out.
    FJB

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  3. Tsk tsk.. You can hold the gang leaders accountable for the decisions that they made without attacking rank-and-file gang members.

  4. Just as a reminder El Salvador President Sayib Bukele tweeted this a few days ago:

    “What would the US Government say, if OUR police raided the house of one of the main possible contenders of OUR 2024 presidential election?🤔”

    I’m starting to like the cut of his jib.

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