September 24, 2023

(NewsNation) — Two thousand suspected gang members have been moved to a brand new mega-prison in El Salvador, constructed as a part of President Nayib Bukele’s self-proclaimed “battle on crime.”

“This will likely be their new dwelling, the place they received’t be capable to do any extra hurt to the inhabitants,” Bukele wrote on Twitter.

Bukele shared images and movies over the weekend exhibiting barefoot, tattooed males hunched over and packed tightly collectively. The prisoners are seen with shaved heads being led into the power in shackles.

“They’re not scary anymore are they?” Bukele tweeted Saturday. “Criminals don’t trigger any concern, as soon as they’re disadvantaged of the safety of the State and the corrupt politicians and worldwide organizations that finance and defend them.”

The mega-prison, formally referred to as the Heart for the Confinement of Terrorism (CECOT), was constructed to carry 40,000 prisoners. Bukele unveiled the middle in January, saying it’s “a basic piece to fully win the battle towards gangs.”

The prisoners transferred to the CECOT are reportedly members of the MS-13 and 18th road gangs, who gained strongholds in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras after getting deported from Los Angeles.

Human rights organizations are arguing Salvadoran forces have dedicated “widespread human rights violations” since a state of emergency was introduced final yr in March.

“Salvadoran safety forces have battered weak communities with widespread human rights violations within the title of public security,” stated Juanita Goebertus, Americas Division director at Human Rights Watch in an announcement.

Final yr, Bukele requested Congress to approve a state of emergency after the nation noticed a spike in homicides attributed to gang violence.

The emergency state quickly suspended some constitutional protections and has been prolonged a number of instances since, in accordance with Reuters.

Arrests might be made with out a warrant, non-public communications are accessible by the federal government and detainees now not have the precise to a lawyer. Reuters reported greater than 64,000 suspects have been arrested below the brand new insurance policies.

The U.S. nonetheless has someplace between 30,000 and 50,000 gang members belonging to the MS-13 and 18th road gangs residing throughout 20 states.