By Gerardo Arbaiza
SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) – Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele promised on Wednesday to tighten safety round main cities, the most recent escalation of an eight-month-old warfare in opposition to gang violence which human rights teams say is marred by unjustified detentions.
Since March, Bukele has ordered the arrest of greater than 50,000 suspected gang members, whom he calls terrorists, whereas denying primary course of rights to these caught up within the dragnet.
The crackdown is certainly one of his signature insurance policies and is geared toward lowering the Central American nation’s murder price to lower than two per day.
Talking at a commencement ceremony for army officers, Bukele mentioned he would add greater than 200 cops to the 20,000 troopers already patrolling cities with the remit to tackle gang members.
The goal was to “encompass giant cities and extract the terrorists who’re hiding throughout the communities, with out giving them the slightest risk of escape”, he mentioned.
The newest escalation follows congressional backing for a so-called state of exception, first accepted in March, which imposes strict limits on freedom of affiliation, the appropriate to a authorized protection, and restrictions on telecommunications.
In line with authorities information, the crackdown has dramatically decreased killings attributed to gangs, with greater than 200 days freed from gang-linked deaths up to now this 12 months.
Bukele launched his controversial crackdown shortly after 76 Salvadorans died in a single weekend final March.
Human rights have blasted the coverage, saying many individuals arrested haven’t any prior felony historical past.