El Salvador’s Homicide Rate Dips as New President Takes a Hardline Approach Against Organized Crime

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

As the newly re-elected President of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele announced on Sunday the beginning of a large military operation in the northern part of the country. The operation aims to combat criminal activities carried out by gangs in response to two recent homicides in the region. Bukele stated that the culprits, members of the 18 Sureños gang, had already been captured.

Currently, five thousand soldiers and a thousand police officers have surrounded neighborhoods such as San José Cancasque, San Antonio Los Ranchos, Potonico, and San Isidro Labrador to dismantle criminal activities. Bukele emphasized that the operation would continue until all remnants of gang activities were eradicated.

Similar operations have been conducted in the past, with one involving eight thousand personnel last year 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 El Salvador’s homicide rate.

Under Bukele’s administration, strict measures have been implemented against crime. These measures have resulted in a drastic reduction in the homicide rate. The president’s actions have been widely supported by Salvadoran citizens who are grateful for his efforts to create a safer environment in their country. Thousands of criminals have been arrested and incarcerated during his tenure, contributing significantly to this effort.

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