El Salvador Police Arrest More Than 9,000 Gang Members

El Salvador’s police force has arrested more than 9,000 gang members 15 days after the government declared a state of emergency to curb a soaring homicide rate.

President Nayib Bukele has shared images and a video of the arrests on Twitter led by the country’s Policia Nacional Civil (PNC) or the National Civil Police.

PNC has also begun posting photos of suspected cartel members on social media, frequently without their shirts on and displaying tattoos with MS-13 and other violent group insignia.

In an effort to address the rising gang violence, El Salvador announced a state of emergency last month, allowing for the temporary suspension of some constitutional rights.

Different groups and officials including US Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressed concerns about the massive crackdown in El Salvador.

“We condemn the increased gang violence and homicides in El Salvador. We also urge the Government of El Salvador to uphold due process and protect civil liberties, including freedoms of press, peaceful assembly, and expression,” Blinken said in a tweet.

In a statement made last week, UN Human Rights spokeswoman Liz Throssell stated that the government must act in accordance with international human rights legislation.

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