Mon. Jun 17th, 2024
Bukele declares state of emergency in El Salvador to crackdown on gangs

President Nayib Bukele of El Salvador announced on Sunday the commencement of a large-scale military operation with 5,000 soldiers and police in the northern part of the country to combat criminal activities carried out by gangs. The move was prompted by two recent homicides in the area, and Bukele stated that those responsible, members of the 18 Sureños gang, had already been apprehended.

Currently, 5,000 soldiers and 1,000 police officers are surrounding neighborhoods such as San José Cancasque, San Antonio Los Ranchos, Potonico, and San Isidro Labrador to dismantle criminal activities. Bukele emphasized that this operation would continue until all remnants of gang activities were completely eliminated.

This is not the first time that such operations have been conducted; last year in Cabañas region there was an operation involving eight thousand personnel resulting in arrests of crime leaders. Since taking office in 2019, Bukele has been known for his efforts to fight organized crime which led to a significant decrease in the country’s homicide rate.

Bukele’s administration has implemented strict measures against crime which has resulted in a drastic reduction in the homicide rate. The president’s actions including restricting certain constitutional rights have been widely supported by Salvadoran citizens. Thousands of criminals have been arrested and incarcerated during his tenure contributing to a safer environment in the country.

By Aiden Nguyen

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