Bukele announces new measure to arrest gang members in El Salvador
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The president of The Savior, Nayib Bukeleannounced this Wednesday that police and soldiers will surround cities to arrest gang members in the framework of a war against criminal gangs that already leaves 58,000 detainees.

“What we are practically going to do is surround large cities and carry out the processes of extracting the terrorists who are inside those cities, without giving them the chance to escape,” assured the ruler in a speech.

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The president spoke before some 14,000 soldiers who were concentrated on a piece of land near a military barracks on the outskirts of the city of San Juan Opico, 35 km west of San Salvador.

bukele he said he would not disclose “for security reasons” the names of the cities “in the coming days” They will be surrounded by police and soldiers, to do a meticulous search for gang members and arrest them.

The president assured that the idea of ​​putting fences in large cities is based on “the success” that took place at the beginning of last October in the town of Comasagua, 30 km south of the capital, where after a homicide a police and military siege was placed that allowed the dismantling of a gang cell Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13).

“If they (the gang members) want to escape or someone wants to supply them with weapons or food or ammunition, or cell phones or everything they use to intimidate the population, then there (the police and soldiers) will intercept them,” Bukele insisted.

The government did not specify the date of when the security fences will begin to be mounted, which the president said “The population requests and approves them.”

The assembly of security fences in cities for the “extraction of gang members” is part, said bukeleof the so-called government security plan “Land Control” which is now “reinforced” with the exception regime that allows the impulse of the war against the gangs.

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The emergency regime that has been in place since March 27 and that allows arrests without a warrant was declared in response to an escalation of violence that claimed the lives of 87 people from March 25 to 27.

Questioned by humanitarian organizations, the emergency regime was recently extended by Congress until mid-December and the president himself said “it has been a complete success, since it has allowed the arrest of 58,000 people, suspected gang members.

Before March and before the emergency regime began, in the prisons of The Savior there were 16,000 jailed gang members. Most of those arrested are members of the gangs MS-13 and its rival the 18th Quarter in its southern and revolutionary factions.

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