Troops to stay in the streets
Salvadoran president Mauricio Funes announced today that Salvadoran troops will continue providing support in combating crime in the country for at least another twelve months. The announcement came as part of ceremonies marking the Day of the Salvadoran Soldier.
Although the visible presence of troops in the streets has been popular with Salvadorans weary of the country's ongoing crime wave, there is little evidence that the troops have had any significant impact on crimes of extortion and murder. Homicides in 2011 continue at the same rate as in 2010.