SAN SALVADOR ( Associated Press) — El Salvador President Nayib Bukele warned Tuesday that the state will take all its might against gangs that ambushed and killed three policemen while providing security in a populous community in the country’s west. will use
“I want to inform you that there was an attack on the police forces today. This is unprecedented, it is very difficult to attack against police officers and shows us that gangs are still there with the strength to attack,” the President said at a press conference at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Apparently disturbed, they confirmed that three agents of the National Civil Police, two men and one woman, were killed in an ambush by alleged gang members in the La Realidad community in the municipality of Santa Ana, 56 kilometers northwest of the capital. Went.
The activists’ movement of the National Civil Police identified the deceased as Inspector, Carlos Mauricio Velasquez Rodriguez, and agents Franklin Antonio Lemas Mágico and Martha Liseth Alas González.
“They are going to pay a high price for killing these three heroes who gave their lives to protect the population,” Bukele said.
He said that “gang members are fools” if they believe that killing police officers will force the government to back down in its fight against these criminal groups.
“We are not going to back down. And if they feel that the power of the state has been imposed on the criminals, now they will see the real power of the state”, he warned.
Since March 26, when 26 murders occurred, a level of crime not seen in El Salvador in years, Bukele has asked Congress to approve a state of emergency that limits freedom of association and prevents any Suspends the right of the person to be duly informed. The assistance of a lawyer along with their rights and reasons for the arrest.
Before dawn on Sunday, March 27, and hours after Congress approved a state of emergency, heavily armed police and military units stormed neighborhoods and populated communities, gang strongholds. Freed from the responsibility of explaining each arrest and giving the suspects access to lawyers, they went door-to-door, pulling out the young numbers. They surrounded the areas with barbed wire and decided who was going in and who was going out, they demanded identification.
In three months, more than 43,000 suspected gang members were arrested, an enormous figure in a country of only 6.5 million residents. According to official information, judges have ordered the temporary detention of more than 36,000 people for crimes such as murder, extortion, weapon possession, illegal group formation or collaborating with gangs.
Human rights organizations have condemned repeated irregularities, including arbitrary arrests and due process violations