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.
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.
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.
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.