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Giant Prison For 40,000 People in El Salvador

Giant Prison For 40,000 People in El Salvador

In the Latin American country of El Salvador, the government moved thousands of suspected gang members to the newly opened ‘giant prison’. Approximately 2,000 defendants, whose hair was shaved and dressed in white shorts, were taken to the new prison with a capacity of 40,000.

2,000 gang members were transferred to America’s largest prison, which was built by the order of the President of the Central American country, El Salvador, Nayib Bukele.

President Bukele, in his post on his Twitter account, said that they have reached a level of security that they are proud of in the war against gangs.

Bukele, who introduced the video of the mega prison built with high security from his account, said, “This will be their new home, where they will live in a mixed manner for decades without causing further harm to the public.” used the phrase.

In his statement, Minister of Justice and Security Gustavo Villatoro stated that the construction of the prison, which is defined as the Terrorist Containment Center (CECOT), has been completed and said, “We are clearing this cancer cell by cell from the society. Know that we will not leave you again, you will pay the price of being a cowardly terrorist.” aforementioned.

The so-called mega-prison opened on February 2 on a 166-hectare area in a valley in the town of Tecoluca, 74 kilometers from San Salvador.

The “Terror Protection Center”, built to fight gangs and said to be America’s largest prison, was opened by President Bukele.

It is recorded that the current prison capacity in the country is around 30 thousand.


According to a survey published by American Central University in October 2022, 75.9 percent of El Salvadorans approve of the government’s state of emergency (OHAL) decision and believe that Bukele’s policies have reduced crime rates.


In his speech on November 24, 2022, Bukele pointed out that more than 60,000 people have been arrested under the state of emergency since March, and said that such measures also work in the city of Comasagua, where some gang members accused of murder are sought. .


It was stated that after the strict measures taken in El Salvador, the number of murders committed in the January-October period of 2022 decreased by 38 percent compared to the same period of 2021.


On March 27, a one-month state of emergency was declared in El Salvador, after which this decision was renewed every month.

Bukele said that on 30 June the war against armed groups will intensify.


It has been reported that more than 100 people have lost their lives in operations against gang members in the country since the beginning of March, while the number of detained has exceeded 58 thousand.


Authorities blame the MS13 gang for the re-escalation of violence in the country.

El Salvador, one of the countries with the highest murder rate in the world, has serious security problems due to the power of the gangs in the country.


Gül Demirci

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