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Sun Nov 4, 2018, 11:42 PM

Why Are People Fleeing Central America? A New Breed of Gangs Is Taking Over

APOPA, El Salvador—The Congress of El Salvador agreed in April to extend the authority of jailers to keep gang leaders in solitary confinement. Over the next five days, the two reigning street gangs killed more than 100 people.

With the highest homicide rate of all countries in the world, El Salvador is a nation held hostage.

Law-enforcement officials estimate that one gang, MS-13, operates an extortion racket with little pressure from authorities in 248 of the 262 of the country’s municipalities. It battles for neighborhood control with another gang, Barrio 18, which runs its own protection scheme in nearly as many regions.

Politicians must ask permission of gangs to hold rallies or canvass in many neighborhoods, law-enforcement officials and prosecutors said. In San Salvador, the nation’s capital, gangs control the local distribution of consumer products, experts said, including diapers and Coca-Cola. They extort commuters, call-center employees, and restaurant and store owners. In the rural east, gangs threaten to burn sugar plantations unless farmers pay up.

They have grown so pervasive that “you don’t know where the state ends and the criminal organizations begin,” said Mauricio Ramírez Landaverde, El Salvador’s minister of justice and security, who oversees the national police force.

Latin America accounts for 8% of the world’s population and a third of its homicides, which makes it one of the world’s most murderous regions. At its violent core is El Salvador, where an imported American gang culture rivals government authority, and its leaders hold sway with a surplus of money, guns and willing young men.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Nov 4, 2018, 11:44 PM

1. Thank You for posting...helps explain why people are willing to take the trek to the U.S.A. in ..

spite of the dangers that the trek entails...

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Sun Nov 4, 2018, 11:48 PM

2. At one time I wanted to spend an extended vacation in Central America.




But I got over it. I didn't think it would be good for my health.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 12:43 AM

3. How did it all happen?

Cuba seems like paradise in comparison.
I wonder if Brazil went for extreme far right to avoid becoming El Salvador and gain military control over population including gangs?

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Response to AlexSFCA (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 5, 2018, 02:48 AM

4. That may have been what they were hoping for

There's a very good chance the extreme far right people will co-opt the gangs as a cheap and efficient source of muscle, leaving Brazil with both a gang problem and a Nazi problem.

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