In El Salvador's gang crackdown, quotas drive 'arbitrary' arrests of innocents


Juan Carlos Galeas walks at the funeral procession for his brother William, who was detained mid-April and sent to La Esperanza prison until authorities handed over William's dead body to the family in mid-May, in San Salvador, El Salvador, May 13, 2022. Picture taken May 13, 2022. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - Dozens of innocent people have been apprehended in El Salvador in recent months amid President Nayib Bukele's "war on gangs," after superiors forced officers to meet daily arrest quotas during a state of emergency, five officials told Reuters.

In March, El Salvador registered 62 murders in a single day, the bloodiest since the end of the country's civil war in 1992. In response, the Legislative Assembly dominated by Bukele's right-leaning populist party declared a state of emergency, suspending citizens' constitutional rights. In the past month and a half, more than 25,000 people have been arrested.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 48
Cxense type: NA
User access status: 3
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!
   

Next In World

Two more ships depart from Ukraine - Turkey's defence ministry
One killed, 17 injured in stage collapse at Spanish festival
In your office communications, watch your use of emojis
Nicaragua's government shutters one of last opposition radio stations
How to get your smartphone ready for a holiday
U.S. concerned at reports of "illegitimate authorities" charging foreigners in Ukraine
Snapchat introduces Family Centre tool to boost child safety
Try a free online tool to perfect your touch typing technique
Stabbing of Rushdie thrusts a tranquil literary retreat into mayhem
‘Amazing Bomberman’:�The series’ rhythmic Apple Arcade debut

Others Also Read