91% of Salvadorans support the measures implemented by President Bukele against criminal groups

By Eddie Galdamez  |  Apr 22nd, 2022
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Nine out of ten Salvadorans support the security measures, including the state of exception, implemented by the Nayib Bukele administration against gangs, according to a CID-Gallup survey released on April 22nd.

Only 9% of those consulted state that they disagree (Little or nothing) with the decisions taken by this administration to combat criminal groups.

Based on the CID-Gallup survey, “Salvadorans not only agree with the measures but also with their severity.”

According to the Salvadoran National Police, over 15,000 gang members have been arrested since the security measures began. The arrests are part of the implementation of the exceptional regime.

The measures implemented include incursions with operations in communities in search for gang members, capture gang leaders and reinforce police controls in places of high crime rates.

The harsh new tactics implemented by the Bukele administration have drawn heavy criticism from international organizations such as Human Rights watch.

Tamara Taraciuk, Human Rights Watch acting director for the Americas, has heavily criticized president Nayib Bukele.

Gangs have committed heinous crimes, and these crimes must be investigated. But without due process or judicial independence, there are no guarantees that those responsible for these crimes will go to jail, and when that happens, all Salvadorans lose.”

Even though there has been some arrest of innocent individuals as part of the state of exception, 91% of Salvadorans approve of the severe measures.

Members of the Bukele administration, including the Salvadoran Attorney General, see these actions as necessary to get rid of gangs.

We must maintain a frontal and coordinated fight against the gangs. The powers granted by the exceptional regime are necessary to deal with this type of crime, and the results are visible.”

The Bukele administration has not yet said if it will request to extend the measure, which expires next week.

Members of the Legislative Assembly and supporters of Nayib Bukele have already announced that if an extension of the state of emergency is requested, they will approve it.

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