With the declaration of the state of emergency, more police were deployed in the country. Troops along with police patrolled the streets. The president’s decision to declare a state of emergency came after 62 people were killed Saturday and 14 on Friday in separate shootings by mafia groups. Authorities say Saturday was the deadliest day in three decades, killing at least 62 people. There were 79 murders last February.
The dispute between Mara Salva Troika, also known as MS-13, the country’s main mafia group, and another group, the LA-18, escalated into a major mafia encounter. According to foreign media reports, police have so far arrested 400 people working in the two groups.
The El Salvador National Civil Police tweeted that the police would have more power once the state of emergency was declared. It gave more power to the police and curtailed the freedom of the people. He said that besides dealing with criminal gangs, the culprits would be caught and brought to justice. Clashes continue in various cities across the country. There are reports that women were among those killed. However, there has been no official confirmation in this regard.
Foreign media reported that the state of emergency in the country was likely to be extended. Mafia groups have a strong influence in El Salvador, which has a population of about 6.5 million. In 2021 alone, 1,140 murders were reported in the country. The country’s civil war from 1979 to 1992 led to the growth of mafias and criminal gangs.
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