Friday, September 09, 2016

El Salvador Becoming the Most Violent City in the World!


Gangs of El Salvador (Full Length)  
Published on Nov 30, 2015
El Salvador is set to eclipse Honduras as the country with the highest homicide rate in the world. ​There have already been over 5,700 murders this year in a country with a population of just over six million. El Salvador’s murder rate is now the highest it’s been since the end of the country’s brutal civil war — there is on average ​around ​one murder an hour.
The staggering death toll follows the breakdown of a truce between powerful, rival gangs and the government. Police and military are now combatting the gangs head-on ​and, as part of its so-called "iron fist" strategy, gang members are ​being ​charged​ with a new crime — membership of a terrorist organization.
VICE News correspondent Danny Gold headed to El Salvador to investigate what many are now calling a war between the street gangs and the government.
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Gang Crackdown Sets Off Bloodiest Week in El Salvador’s History
Salvadorans Confront Highest Homicide Rate in the World
Thabata Molina
August 31, 2015
Salvadoran street gangs have retaliated against the government over alleged abuses by the police. (El Nuevo Diario)
Street gangs in El Salvador murdered 125 people in the span of three days, marking the bloodiest week in the history of the Central American nation.
Authorities say that the murders took place between August 16 and August 18, as a consequence of the war the Salvadoran government is waging against street gangs, such as Mara Salvatrucha and Barrio 18. By the end of the week on Friday, the number of homicides jumped to 220.
On August 24, following the burst of violence, the Salvadoran Supreme Court declared all gangs to be terrorist organizations, a game-changing decision that authorities claim will allow the government to deploy better tools to combat gang-related violence.
“El Salvador is on track to become the most violent country in the world. According to the number of murders in 2015, the homicide rate this year could reach 92 homicides per 100,000 people. That’s the highest in El Salvador’s history, and would be the highest in the world,” said Janeth Aguilar, director of the Institute of Public Opinion at José Simeón Cañas University.
According to the Salvadoran Forensic Institute, clashes between government forces and gang members have produced 3,603 casualties, an average of 14 murders per day, as of August 11.
“The surge in homicides is the consequence of gang radicalization. It is a retaliation against the government, which the gangs claim has killed, persecuted, and committed abuses against their members. It is the outcome of the state’s violent and arbitrary response,” Aguilar told the PanAm Post.
Under Salvadoran law, a terrorist is someone who triggers mass panic, “significantly attacks physical or legal assets,” or potentially damages “the democratic system, the security of the state, or international peace.”
Power Behind the Bars
Aguilar says Salvadoran authorities do acknowledge the increase in homicides, but they argue it is a result of the government’s fight against the gangs.
“Even though these people are criminals, the government should stick to the law. The dilemma is that jailing them is not a solution, because prisons are overcrowded. So when they are imprisoned, they tend to consolidate their power and continue to run their criminal activities from jail,” she said.
Before the Supreme Court ruled to designate street gangs as terrorists, members of Barrio 18 and Mara Salvatrucha brought the nation’s public-transportation system to a standstill for four days in July. Gang members attacked and killed nine drivers in protest of police brutality.
Translated by Adam Dubose.
El Salvador becomes world's most deadly country outside a war zone
Murders increase by 11 per cent in Central America's triangle of death - fuelled by gang warfare and vicious turf battles
05 Jan 2016
A women mourns over the body of her brother, found in a clandestine grave, in a rural areaof El Salvador Photo: AP Photo/Manu Brabo
Central America's so-called Northern Triangle - Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras - recorded a total 17,422 murders in 2015, 11 percent higher than for 2014, according to preliminary police tallies.
The figures released this week confirmed the region's reputation for the worst homicide rates in the world outside war zones, driven by gangs that wage vicious turf battles and seek to exert brutal control over citizens.
The everyday danger of violent death has helped push many residents in those countries to try to emigrate to the United States.
"The rising death tally in the Northern Triangle is shameful and clearly shows that the social conflict is major and needs regional efforts to confront it," a Salvadoran analyst and university professor, Roberto Canas, told AFP.
According to the police numbers, El Salvador was the country mainly responsible for the Northern Triangle increase.
It had 104 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants last year, for a murder toll of 6,657 - a staggering 67-per cent jump on the figures for 2014.
That propelled El Salvador to the top of the list of countries with the highest murder rate - overtaking even Venezuela, whose rate jumped 12 percent to 90 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants.
Honduras was still very dangerous with 57 murders per 100,000 people, calculated from the 5,047 murders it recorded in 2015. But that was a decrease from 2014, when its murder rate was 68 per 100,000 inhabitants.
Guatemala's rate for 2015 was little unchanged: 36 homicides per 100,000 people, with 5,718 murders - slightly less than the 38 per 100,000 rate recorded in 2014.
By way of comparison, per 100,000 inhabitants, Britain's homicide rate is about one, the United States' is about four, and Brazil's is 25, according to the latest available data from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.
In a bid to stem immigration from Central America, the United States has started raiding homes to round up and deport migrants who have failed to convince courts to let them stay.
At the same time, the US government has allocated $750 million to the Northern Triangle countries to try to improve security and prosperity this year, in an effort to mitigate the violence prompting would-be migrants to leave.
El Salvador, Now the Most Dangerous Country in the World
by teleSUR / OA-gp
25 August 2015
After a multiple homicide in jail among members of the Barrio 18 gang, the country’s violent death toll soared to over 3,900 this year alone.
Fourteen gang members were killed in a Salvadoran jail over the weekend, raising the country's murder toll to more than 3,900 and making it the country with the highest murder rate in the world.
So far this year, the murder rate in El Salvador is of 96 per 100,000 inhabitants, making it the most dangerous country in the world, debunking Honduras.
On Saturday, the office in charge of all prisons in the country, the DGCP, said 14 Barrio 18 gang members were killed in what they claim is a purge among them. They explained that the Quetzaltepeque jail, 100 miles north of the country’s capital San Salvador, where the homicide took place, has about 1,000 inmate-members of Barrio 18.
According to prison officials, the 14 victims were part of the Revolucionarios (revolutionaries) faction within the Barrio 18 crime group.
Local reports had suggested that deaths occurred during disturbances within the jail, but officiale denied them.
“These deaths are due to internal conflicts among members of the Barrio 18 gang, said government spokesperson Eugenio Chicas.