Legislative Assembly of El Salvador Sunday (27) agreed to start a one-month exemption system. The action was taken at the request of the president Neb Bokelwho claims that this measure is necessary to try to stop the actions of the Mara Salvatrucha gang, which is responsible on Saturday (26) for 76 murders.
“An exception system arising from serious disturbances in public order by deviant groups is being proclaimed throughout the national territory,” regulating the decree approved by 67 out of 84 deputies in the unicameral parliament.
The decision of the legislature, under the control of the government, restricts freedom of assembly, the inviolability of correspondence and communication, provides for arrests without a court order, the right to be informed of the reason for arrest and to hire a lawyer after arrest. .
The exemption system also allows for the period of administrative detention to be extended for more than 72 hours. Now the change must be enacted by Bukele.
Accusations of dealing with gangs
Bukele, 40, with broad popular support, has made security a focus of his campaign and highlighted his tenure on improving homicide indicators.
Neb Bukele, President of El Salvador, takes a selfie before speaking at the United Nations Assembly podium in 2019 Photo: Richard Drew/AP Photo
But in December, the US Treasury imposed sanctions on two government officials for allegedly negotiating with mobsters to support Bukele’s New Ideas party in the 2021 midterm elections.
In return, the gangs got government money and privileges for their imprisoned bosses, according to the indictment. Bukele claims that everything was a lie and accuses previous governments in El Salvador of carrying out this kind of activity.
The National Civil Police (PNC) wrote on Twitter, that the legislature’s decision comes after a bloody ride, Saturday, with 62 murders.
“We will not retreat in this war against gangs, and we will not rest until we arrest the criminals responsible for these acts and bring them to justice,” he added.
The Salvadoran constitution states that the system of exception, under which certain established guarantees are suspended, can be applied “in cases of war, conquest of territory, rebellion, strife, catastrophe, epidemic or other calamity in general, or serious disturbances of public order.” “.
The opposition deputy in the former left-wing guerrilla of the Farabundo Marti Front, Jaime Guevara, considered that “the current crisis requires common sense and wisdom, not murder” and advocated the preservation of “absolute respect for the individual rights” of the population.
Bukele justified that “everything (was) within the constitutional framework” against which “there is nothing to claim against”.
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