Bukele declares state of emergency in El Salvador to combat gangs

In the aftermath of two homicides in the north of El Salvador, President Nayib Bukele has announced the launch of a massive military operation with 5,000 soldiers and police to combat gang-related criminal activities. This decision follows the apprehension of members of the 18 Sureños gang, who have been linked to the killings. Bukele took to social media to inform the public about the operation aimed at dismantling criminal activities in specific neighborhoods.

This current operation mirrors a similar one conducted in August last year in the Cabañas region, an area known for its high level of gang dominance. In that operation, over 8,000 individuals, including police and military personnel, participated and resulted in the arrest of key criminals. Bukele’s administration has been committed to fighting organized crime since taking office in 2019, which has significantly reduced El Salvador’s homicide rate over time.

El Salvador was once considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world with a high homicide rate. However, thanks to government’s strict measures against criminal activities and Bukele’s tough stance on crime, it has seen a significant drop in crime rates. The focus on security has led to tens of thousands of criminals being arrested and even established a special jail for gang members.

Bukele’s governance is defined by his commitment to law and order, resulting in a safer environment for Salvadorans and earning him recognition both domestically and internationally. The re-elected president remains dedicated to continuing his efforts to combat organized crime and improve public safety in El Salvador.

By Samantha Johnson

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