Salvadoran families camp to express their discontent with the arrest policy of the Government of Nayib Bukele.
Thousands of families have been gathered for three days in front of “La Esperanza” prison in San Salvador, where several men have been imprisoned for their alleged gang affiliation.
Despite the harsh conditions in which they demonstrate, family members join forces to denounce the violence and arbitrary arrests made by the police.
“Here we sleep, lying on the floor, suffering for our family, because we love him (her husband) and we want to have him in our house, because we don’t want him to be suffering. We suffer and he suffers.” laments Ofelia Hernández, wife of a detainee during the state of emergency.
Since the exceptional regime was declared at the end of March, which allows arrests without a court order, more than 31,000 detainees have been estimated in the last month and a half.
This measure was taken to combat the murder spree committed by gang members.
Despite the fact that Nayib Bukele assures that his plan has the support of 91% of the population, as quantified a Cid Gallup pollfamilies ask for a change in government policy.
According to a journalistic investigation published this Tuesday by El Faro, the homicidal wave that caused the state of emergency in the country was the response of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and Barrio 18 gangs after the government’s decision to break its supposed agreements with these and other gangs.
For its part, the Salvadoran government, which has not referred to the issue, has previously denied that it has negotiated with gangs.
Nevertheless, the US Treasury Department He stated, in December 2021, that Bukele’s officials agreed to a truce with these criminal gangs, in exchange for privileges for their imprisoned leaders.
The information came from a internal investigation by the Treasury Department.
Washington and international organizations have called on Bukele to fight crime while respecting human rights.