Tidal wave of murders leads to suspension of constitutional rights
One cannot but express deep sorrow for the murdered people and the mourning of their families, but this situation, which efficient authorities in public security could have controlled by acting within their powers and the existing legal framework, would hardly justify an exceptional measure. And it is also unlikely to prevent other families from being filled with mourning soon in a new episode of violence like the one suffered this weekend.
Increased violence cannot be an excuse to violate human rights or to implement authoritarian practices. All citizens deserve security and protection, but never at the cost of violating their rights. International community is paying attention.
Director [of Prisons} Osiris Luna Meza, decree once again a maximum
emergency in all the security and maximum security prisons, all cells
closed 24/7, no one goes out, not to the yard.
Message for the gangs: for your actions, now your "homeboys" will not be able to
see a ray of sunlight.
From a report in LPG:
The specialist in Public Security issues, Jannette Aguilar, also reinforced this position and maintained that "unlike the usual practice of hiding the dead in clandestine graves, in this case, the abandonment of the corpses in the streets has the intention (of the gangs) to remind us of their ability.
The government and the gangs communicate through the dead. About 40 murders in 48 hours in different places in the country, including the brand new and hyper publicized bridge to "Surf City".
This is already a protocol. The gang-government diplomacy goes wrong, gangs increase murders, Bukele makes this threat and shows us videos with big police officers forcing skinny gang members to walk like chickens, diplomacy is restored, [there comes a] day with 0 murders. See you at the next massacre.
There is not a lot of information circulating about the 76 victims from Friday and Saturday. The government usually states when it believes the deceased is a gang member, so it can blame the victim, but the absence of such statements makes it clear that this wave of murders is not indicative of warfare among El Salvador's major rival gangs. According to a report in El Faro, most of the murders occurred in territories controlled by MS-13.
A man who was digging holes at the edge of the street to plant poles was working and without saying a word they killed him. A fruit seller was killed, a baker was killed, a client of a workshop was also killed. It is a clear message to the Government; they (gangs) want something and the government, it seems, has not given it to them.
The threat of gang violence was also used to spark the 2012 truce, and other gang protests have included armed strikes to cut off public transportation, which moves 80 percent of the population.It is this same threat that makes these negotiations – indeed any negotiations – with the gangs so tenuous and, in the long-term, dangerous. While the government has touted its Territorial Control Plan as the reason why homicides are down 60 percent since Bukele entered office, the gangs may be the ones holding the sword.