Bukele declares state of emergency in El Salvador to crackdown on gangs

President Nayib Bukele Launches Major Military Operation to Combat Gang Violence in El Salvador

President Nayib Bukele announced on Sunday the launch of a major military operation with 5,000 soldiers and police in the northern part of El Salvador to combat criminal activities carried out by gangs. The decision was made in response to two recent homicides in the region. Bukele stated that the suspects, who were members of the 18 Sureños gang, had already been captured.

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

Similar operations have been conducted in the past with one involving eight thousand personnel resulting in the arrest of crime leaders. Since taking office in 2019, Bukele has been known for his efforts in fighting organized crime which has led to a significant decrease in the country’s homicide rate. Under his administration strict measures have been implemented against crime resulting 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 El Salvador.

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