Weekly Report - 31 March 2022 (WR-22-13)

EL SALVADOR: Bukele hammers gangs after surge in violence

Security forces in El Salvador reported the capture of more than 2,000 mara gang members on 28 and 29 March in upwards of 50 security operations around the country. The mass round up came after 87 gang-related murders in the previous three days, including 62 in the space of 24 hours on 26 March, the bloodiest single day in the three decades since the end of the civil war (1980-1992) and not far short of the tally of 79 for the whole of February. President Nayib Bukele instructed the legislative assembly to declare a state of exception and ordered a swingeing crackdown on the gangs.

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