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El Salvador shows continuous decrease in crime rate


El Salvador shows continuous decrease in crime rate

San Salvador, Aug 21 (Prensa Latina) El Salvador authorities reported today a decrease in the number of murders and violent deaths in the country after the frontal fight against gangs began last March.

The Minister of Justice and Security, Gustavo Villatoro, told the media that 10 consecutive days have passed without murders from August 10 to 19, a month that already accumulates 15 days without reports of violent deaths nationwide.

This is the result – he stressed – of the work and strategy carried out by the government since the implementation of the Territorial Control Plan (PCT) in June 2019 and the frontal fight against gangs since March 27.

He pointed out that these strategies allowed for a drastic reduction in homicides, femicides, disappearances, robberies, car thefts and other high impact crimes that the Salvadoran population suffered for many years.

The war against the maras (gangs) continues and until August 19 the police reported the arrest of 50,272 gang members, although there are sectors that protest the arrest of people who supposedly are not part of these groups or are not linked to them.

Recently the Vice President of the Republic, Felix Ulloa, said that this is not a perfect policy and that the government is working to improve it in reference to complaints about alleged human rights violations.


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