After dozens of people were killed in gang violence, El Salvador declared a state of emergency.1 min read
El Salvador’s legislature declares a one-month state of emergency, limiting civil freedoms. The security cabinet announced the capture of “more than 400” gang members on Sunday, with police and military patrolling the streets. El Salvador has been wracked by violence, with 62 people slain just on Saturday and another 14 on Friday.
On Sunday, police and soldiers patrolled the streets with assault rifles and bulletproof vests, with the security cabinet announcing the capture of “more than 400 gang members” from the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and Barrio 18 gangs, which are accused of unleashing a “wave of violence” across the country. He promises that the prosecutor’s office would continue to be “effective” in gang-related matters. “As we combat criminals on the streets, we need to discover out what’s going on and who’s funding it.”