Despite the complaints of human rights violations and torture, Nayib Bukele will surround several cities to extract alleged gang members

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In mid-November some 200 people protested in El Salvador to demand that the judges release their relatives illegally detained during the emergency regime< /h2>

Despite the complaints of human rights violations and torture, Nayib Bukele will surround several cities to extract alleged gang members

Despite the complaints For violation of human rights and torture, Nayib Bukele will surround several cities to extract alleged gang members. (REUTERS)

The President of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, announced this Wednesday that “fences in large cities” will be implemented in the Central American country to “extract the gang membersthat still remain” and continue with the war against the mafias.

El Salvador has been under an exception regime since the end of March, which has lasted 8 months of validity and suspends several constitutional rights, after a wave of murders that claimed the lives of more than 80 people in three days.

Under the measure of the state of emergency, more than 58,000 gang members have been captured, according to the Salvadoran presidentand people linked to these gangs.

However, the president pointed out this Wednesday afternoon that “there are still gang members and we have to go and extract them”, for which he also announced the launch of phase five of the Territorial Control Plan, which incorporates at least 14,000 military personnel for the measure.

“Phase five is the phase of extracting the criminals that remain in those communities. There are still gang members and we have to go and extract them,” Bukele said during a public event on the outskirts of San Salvador, where there was no room for questions from the press.

Despite the denunciations of human rights violations and torture, Nayib Bukele will surround several cities to extract alleged gang members

Nayib Bukele announced the launch of phase five of the Territorial Control Plan, in which at least 14,000 military personnel are incorporated for the measure. (REUTERS)

According to the Salvadoran president, it is about “encircling large cities and carrying out the process of extracting the terrorists who are inside those cities without giving them the chance to escape”.< /p>

Said “fences” will begin to be implemented “in the next few days,” he assured.

The president pointed out that “he took the experience” of the fence implemented at the beginning of last October at the plant town of Comasagua, where more than 2,000 soldiers were deployed, after a homicide was committed in that area.

The Salvadoran president launched at the beginning of his term in 2019 the Territorial Control Plan, to which he attributes the drop in homicides and of which five phases have already supposedly been implemented, to curb the sources of financing for the gangs and retake controlled areas by these gangs.

However, the general population is unaware of an official document that details the way to address the gang phenomenon from the State.

Despite the complaints of human rights violations and torture, Nayib Bukele will surround several cities to extract alleged gang members

Some 200 people protested in El Salvador to demand that the judges release their relatives who were “illegally” detained during the emergency regime, in force since March as a measure against gangs, and accused them of “complicity” with human rights violations. (AFP)

Bukele also assured that “people are not afraid of the emergency regime” and that “95% of the population approves it”.

“People are not afraid of the emergency regime , as some international media say (…) as some NGOs say. People are not afraid of the emergency regime as some powerful countries say, which rather plunged us into misery and crime,” he said.

He stressed that “people are happy with the exception regime, with the war against gangs and we don't say that, we can see it on the street” and added that “95% of the population approves of our security work”.

“The largest measure approved in the world is this (exception regime)”, he added.

A survey by the University Institute of Public Opinion (Iudop) , from the Central American University (UCA), points out that half of Salvadorans say that the exception regime “it will not solve the gang problem” but 75.9% approve of the measure.

Despite the complaints For violation of human rights and torture, Nayib Bukele will surround several cities to extract alleged gang members

A survey by the University Institute of Public Opinion (Iudop), of the Central American University (UCA), indicates that half of Salvadorans say that the emergency regime “will not solve the problem” of the gangs, but 75.9% approve measure. (REUTERS)

In mid-November some 200 people protested in El Salvador to demand that the judges release their “illegally” detained relatives during the emergency regime, in force since March as a measure against gangs, and accused them of “complicity” with human rights violations.

The protest was carried out by the Movement of Victims of the Regime (Movir), which in a A publicly read press release expressed its rejection of the actions of the judges.

They pointed out that the judges who process cases under the exception regime have “complicity” in front of to the “dictations of President Nayib Bukele” and affirmed that this “makes them responsible for human rights violations, harassment, torture, health degradation, death and serious injuries” of the detainees.

Despite the complaints of human rights violations and torture, Nayib Bukele will surround several cities to extract alleged gang members

Under the state of emergency measure, more than 58,000 gang members and people linked to these gangs have been captured, according to the Salvadoran president. (REUTERS)

“These investigating judges cannot escape their responsibilities” for which they “will answer”, they added and called on them to “reason, reconsider and straighten their actions that violate fundamental rights against thousands of people illegally detained”.

They also demanded that these officials, who according to humanitarian organizations have been appointed as “faceless judges”, review the processes and “put into question release people who are illegally detained.”

They added that the judges “have proceeded to extend the deadlines in all the processes without the Prosecutor's Office justifying” the need to lengthen the judicial investigation.< /p>

(With information from EFE)

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