The Savior progress in your fight gangs in its ninth consecutive month. This Saturday, Nayib Bukele arranged the Tutunichapa enclosurea populous community in the country’s capital, in the second operation of this type in December.
“Since this morning, the Tutunichapa community in San Salvador has been completely fenced off,” Bukele wrote on his Twitter account.
The operation involves more than 1,000 soldiers and 130 police officerswhich will extract the criminals “that still remain in this community, famous for drug trafficking,” the message continued.
“All the terrorists, drug dealers Y gang members They will be removed from this community, until a few months ago a bastion of crime,” he declared, adding that “honest citizens have nothing to fear and can continue to lead their lives normally”.
This decision does not affect the similar fence provided in soyapango, the second most populated city in the country, which was assembled on December 3. This operation included more than 10,000 police officers -in conjunction with the armed forces and the elite security division-, and it was the first held in the fifth phasefrom extractionof the famous Territorial Control Plan promoted by the Executive.
Until now, the press department of the Presidential House has reported that six arrests in Tutunichapa, although without specifying if they are gang members or people dedicated to drug trafficking. meanwhile, in soyapango they were 500 the alleged criminals detained until December 15.
These operations include records both of the houses of the people who live there and of those who circulate on foot or in vehicles, who enter or leave the colonies. Also, they are made controls random in groups.
At the same time, armored army cars circulate through the streets -some of them armed- while other police vehicles with agents heavily armed with assault rifles enter the neighborhoods of the municipality in search of gang members.
El Salvador has been embarking on its war against gangs, also called maras, for months, which has led it to establish the exception regime throughout the country, in addition to advancing with this type of operation in some cities.
The Executive extended on December 15 for ninth time this regime, which suspends constitutional rights, and extended it for another 30 days.
“Criminal organizations and their members maintain their threat, which has been evidenced with attacks and aggressions carried out during the emergency regime that is still in force, as well as the remnants of these that have not been captured,” mentions the last approved document, referring to to wave of violence who lived in the country marchwhen the murders they escalated to more than 80 in just three days -62 of them in one day-.
Since the beginning of this struggle, the arrest of more than 60,000 people for alleged links with criminal organizations or delinquents per se.
However, this has earned him, too, critics of multiple relatives and human rights organizations who denounce that “illegal” arrests were made and without respect for rights.
In mid-November, some 200 people from the Movement of Victims of the Regime (Movir) demonstrated in the streets and issued a press release in which they expressed their rejection of the actions of the judges, whom they accuse of being “accomplices” of Bukele and pointed out as “responsible for human rights violations, harassment, torture, degradation of health, death and serious injuries” of the detainees”.
(With information from AFP)