Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele Launches Massive Military Operation to Combat Gang Crime

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

In response to two recent homicides in the northern part of El Salvador, President Nayib Bukele announced on Sunday the launch of a large military operation involving five thousand soldiers and police officers. The operation aims to combat criminal activities carried out by gangs in the region. Bukele stated that the culprits, who are members of the 18 Sureños gang, have already been captured.

Currently, the neighborhoods of San José Cancasque, San Antonio Los Ranchos, Potonico, and San Isidro Labrador are surrounded by five thousand soldiers and a thousand police officers as they work to dismantle criminal activities in the area. Bukele emphasized that the operation will continue until all remnants of gang activities are eradicated.

Similar operations have been conducted in the past, with one in the Cabañas region last year 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 Bukele’s 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 the country.

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