It was reported that 50,000 people were arrested in the “war” launched against criminal gangs in El Salvador five months ago.
“The number of people arrested during the state of emergency regime has reached 50,000,” the El Salvador police headquarters said in a statement. expressions were used. It was also stated that 1283 firearms and one million dollars were seized as part of the operations.
A state of emergency was declared in the country in March, following a wave of violence that killed 87 people. The state of emergency, which allows police to arrest without a warrant, has been extended every month by parliament since March.
It is reported that 66,000 people who are alleged to be members of Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and Barrio 18, considered the most important criminal gangs, are currently held in prison.
El Salvador’s President, Nayib Bukele, has ordered the construction of a large prison for 40,000 people to cope with the increase in the prison population. This prison is expected to open by the end of the year.
It is stated that his fight against criminal gangs has brought 40-year-old Bukele popularity in his country.
On the other hand, non-governmental organizations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch oppose this policy of Bukele, alleging arbitrary arrests and human rights violations.