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Weekly Report - 11 July 2019 (WR-19-27)

EL SALVADOR: Bukele unveils softer approach to combating gangs

Two weeks after announcing the deployment of an additional 2,500 police officers and 3,000 soldiers to violence hot spots to strike the finances of El Salvador’s mara gangs by targeting the flow of extortion payments, President Nayib Bukele rolled out stage two of his government’s overarching security policy on 2 July, a soft complement to the opening hard initiative. It consists of a range of community social programmes to provide opportunities to vulnerable youths and reduce the appeal of gangs.

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