he El Salvador government The 2,000 suspected gang members have been transferred to a new prison with a capacity of about 40,000 people, according to Chief Neb Bokil.
“Today at dawn, in one operation, we carried out the first 2,000 gang members to CECOT”, the president posted it on his social networks.
He added, “This will be their new home, where they will live for decades, mixed, without being able to further harm the inhabitants.”
Despite the fact that the transfers were not reported by the El Salvador government, dozens of relatives were packed into La Esperanza prison, better known as Mariona, in San Salvador. According to the EFE, about 150 people gathered at this location and several buses left the building.
Bukele CECOT opened at the end of January and Minister public works, romeo rodriguez, He told the president that this “would be the largest prison in all of America” and that it would be “impossible for an inmate to leave” his compound 23 hectares of construction.
The construction of this prison came amid criticism from the opposition, which pointed to a lack of transparency, mainly due to the approval of the Legislative Council, which is dominated by the ruling party, of a law that allows bypassing the usual controls in state business.
At the beginning of February, Amnesty International (AI) has expressed concern for this new prison in El Salvador, and expressed his “deep concern” given that “the construction of this new prison may mean the continuation and escalation of these violations.”
According to official figures, under the emergency system that was approved last March after the escalation of murders, more than 64,000 people accused by the government of being members of gangs were arrested and more than 3,300 were released.
Salvadoran humanitarian organizations and Office for the Defense of Human Rights (PDDH) They have received more than 7,900 complaints of assault, most of them arbitrary arrests.
The authorities attribute the decrease in homicides to this measure and the regional monitoring plan, according to official accounts It was 496 in 2022, 57 percent lower than it was in 2021.
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