El Salvador’s Nayib Bukele Leads Historic Military Operation Against Gang Violence

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

As the new president of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele has announced a major military operation to combat criminal activities carried out by gangs in the northern part of the country. This decision was made following two recent homicides in the region, and Bukele stated that the perpetrators, who were members of the 18 Sureños gang, had already been apprehended.

Currently, more than five thousand soldiers and a thousand police officers have surrounded neighborhoods like San José Cancasque, San Antonio Los Ranchos, Potonico, and San Isidro Labrador in order to dismantle criminal activities. Bukele emphasized that this operation would continue until all remnants of gang activity were eradicated.

The president has been known for his efforts in fighting organized crime since he took office in 2019. This has led to a significant decrease in the country’s homicide rate. Under Bukele’s administration, strict measures have been put in place against crime resulting in a drastic reduction of homicides. The President’s actions have been widely supported by Salvadoran citizens and thousands of criminals have been arrested and incarcerated during his tenure contributing to a safer environment in the country.

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