Collection of articles on gang violence in El Salvador
In the past week, the international English language press has been paying a lot of attention to the epidemic of gang-related violence in El Salvador. Here's a sampling:
El Salvador Throws Out Gang Truce and Officials Who Put It in Place -- the New York Times reports on the actions of El Salvador's attorney general to prosecute government officials involved with the 2012-2014 gang truce and reports that prosecutors have their sights set on David Munguia Payes, former Minister of Public Security and current Minister of Defense.
Deadly gang extortion rackets drive emigration from El Salvador - Reuters also looked at extortion and its role as a cause of migration.
In El Salvador, the Murder Capital of the World, gang violence becomes a way of life. ABC News Nightline program looks at the phenomena of gang violence in El Salvador. Some of the reporting is pretty good, but other parts sensationalize matters suggesting a threat to the US of gang members coming across the southern border. The video broadcast from May 17 can be found here.
El Salvador Extends Tough Prison Restrictions for One Year -- InsightCrime reports on the Salvadoran government extending the "exceptional measures" in its prisons designed to isolate and control gang leadership.
El Salvador's new plan to combat gang violence is insane -- article on Fusion.net doubts the government's get tough and no dialogue policies can be effective.
Violence Grows Unsustainable in El Salvador: Mass Exodus Follows -- article at EconomyWatch.com looks at increasing migration from El Salvador linked to the increase in the homicide rate in the past 12 months.