At the request of Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele, the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador on Wednesday extended for a month the state of emergency voted on March 27 to fight against gang violence in the country.
For about two months, El Salvador has been waging a fierce fight against armed gangs due to the exponential rise in cases of violence in recent years in the country, including the 87 people murdered between March 25 and 27, 2022.
Through a decree-law which was issued on March 27, 2022, renewed on April 26, Bukele's government once again succeeded in obtaining from the Salvadoran parliament, this Wednesday, legal means to fight against armed gangs.
This piece of legislation, which gives security forces full power to hunt down bandits in El Salvador, has also placed restrictions on freedom of association and the rights of the defence, extends the period of detention during the investigation, and allows the interception of communications.
According to the Minister of Justice and Security, Gustavo Villatoro, more than 35,000 people have already been arrested. About 16,000 others were already in prison, a total of 51,000 suspected gang members out of an estimated 70,000.