March 8, 2021

Bukele announces that state of emergency in prisons in El Salvador will continue

The state of emergency decreed on June 21 in the 28 penal centers of El Salvador, as part of the measures contemplated by the security plan "Territorial Control", will continue indefinitely, announced on Sunday the Salvadoran president, Nayib Bukele.

The president pointed out, during a conference in the Presidential House, that the state of emergency "will not be lifted" until the gang members "stop killing the Salvadorans."

"We are not going to lift the emergency in penal centers until (the gang members) stop killing the Salvadorans." If the homicides continue, the emergency regime in the jails will continue, "said Bukele, who launched the plan on June 20. of security "Territorial Control" to reduce the rates of violence.

The state of emergency contemplates the total isolation of the inmates and the visits of the relatives are forbidden.

According to the security authorities of the Central American country, most of the murders that are registered are ordered from the prisons, including those committed against members of the Police and the Army.

Several sectors have criticized the security measures contemplated in the "Territorial Control" plan, given that they do not represent a radical change with respect to the anti-gang policy implemented during the previous administration.

Like Bukele, the Executive of Salvador Sánchez Cerén (2009-2014) implemented states of emergency in prisons, kept prisoners isolated and deployed elite units to combat members of criminal structures.

El Salvador is considered one of the most violent countries in the world by the homicide rates per 100,000 inhabitants of between 103 and 50.3 registered between 2015 and 2018, indexes attributed mainly to the Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) and Barrio 18 gangs.

These criminal groups, which have some 60,000 members throughout El Salvador, are also accused of committing the majority of crimes against police, military and prison guards.

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