The president of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, indicated that more than 12,000 gang members have been arrested by the police forces since the entry into force of the state of emergency in the Central American country.
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For its part, the National Civil Police explained that since the beginning of the so-called war against gangs, 12,169 gang members have been arrested. In parallel, he said that during Friday a total of 599 criminals were arrested.
The state of exception was decreed by the Legislative Assembly on March 27 with the aim of stopping a wave of murders attributed by the country’s authorities to criminal bands and gangs.
The measure stipulates the suspension for a period of 30 days of freedom of association, right to defense, term of administrative detention, inviolability of correspondence and telecommunications.
Human rights organizations and political sectors in El Salvador have spoken out against the state of exception, considering that it violates some fundamental rights.
They have also denounced that during the operation against the gangs, several people who are not related to the criminal groups have been detained.
Disclaimer: Via Telesur – Translated by RJ983
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