Over 71,000 Arrested During El Salvador’s State of Exception

El Salvador has Reached 149 Days with Zero Homicides in 2023

By Karla Ramos  | Updated on Aug 1st, 2023
El Salvador State of Exception arrestsSalvadoran Police. Image by Fuerza Armada

The State of Exception continues in full force in El Salvador. As of August 1, over 71,000 individuals linked to these criminal organizations (gangs) have been arrested as part of the security measure.

Currently, National Civil Police (PNC) records indicate that 71,976 people have been detained on charges of committing gang-related crimes. Salvadoran Legislative Assembly.

Also, the Salvadoran Ministry of Security and the Salvadoran National Police (PNC) have reported that over 4,800 vehicles and 3,000 firearms have been seized during the security operations.

The Salvadoran State of Exception is an emergency regime that began as a direct response to a spike in homicides that occurred in late March 2022. As of today, the Assembly has continuously approved the extension of the emergency regime on 16 occasions.

Strong results. Since Regimen of Exception began to date, we have managed to have a strong impact on these terrorist structures. We will not take a single step back, we will see that these criminals do not return to the streets. Salvadoran Ministry of Security.

The controversial State of Exception has the approval of most Salvadorans; it is also credited for reducing the country’s homicide rate and achieving many days with zero homicides.

However, local and national human rights organizations claim that the State of Exception needs to end as it has violated many individuals’ human rights. Human Rights Watch and Cristosal have released reports regarding these abuses.

One year after the implementation of the emergency regime, Cristosal received more than 3 thousand complaints of human rights violations. 132 cases of deceased people were documented. 419 people in a condition of internal forced displacement. Cristosal.

Rene Merino Monroy, the Minister of National Defense, indicated that approximately 30,000 gang members are out in the streets and still need to be captured.

The opposition has managed the speech that we are capturing innocent people. However, from the beginning of this Gang War campaign, we clearly said, we are going for 76,600. We have captured a large number of collaborators.” Gustavo Villatoro.

Also, legislators loyal to the Bukele administration have stated that they will continue extending the security measure as many times as the security cabinet request it.