October 3, 2023

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (NewsNation) — The president of El Salvador desires you to maneuver to his nation, selling his nation as “the brand new land of the free.”

President Nayib Bukele posted an ad on Twitter on Sunday, encouraging of us to maneuver to El Salvador. The advert itself mirrored the standard “American household” watching their mid-1900s tv. The advert represented your entire generational household: the grandparents, mother and father and youngsters.

It additionally listed out the the reason why folks ought to relocate to the nation. The advert claimed there was no fentanyl disaster, no shootings or lootings. It claimed the nation has the bottom crime charge within the Americas and that People wouldn’t have to alter their foreign money as a result of america greenback was in circulation.

President Nayib Bukele’s advert to advertise People to maneuver to El Salvador, (Credit score: President Nayib Bukele/Twitter)

Plus, the advert provided nice espresso, nice climate and nice seashores — what extra may you ask for?

Final week, Bukele announced he would be sending a bill to El Salvador’s congress to remove all taxes on expertise improvements, together with revenue, property, capital good points and import tariffs. This effort may very well be thought of an effort to lure tech firms to arrange their residence bases within the nation.

Nonetheless, this new promotion comes because the nation lives in a state of emergency.

In February, 2,000 suspected gang members have been moved to a brand new mega-prison in El Salvador that the president constructed for his “warfare” on felony gangs.

The mega-prison, formally referred to as the Middle 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 warfare in opposition to gangs.”

The crackdown has resulted in over 65,000 arrests and hundreds of alleged human rights abuses, however stays common in a rustic the place gangs as soon as demanded safety funds with impunity.

Human rights organizations argue Salvadoran forces have dedicated “widespread human rights violations” because the state of emergency was introduced final yr in March. In addition they stated there had been many situations the place harmless folks have been swept up in police raids.

The native rights group Cristosal documented 3,344 instances of human rights abuses within the first 11 months of the state of emergency. Many of the abuses concerned arbitrary arrest; kinfolk declare younger males are rounded up based mostly on their look or as a result of they dwell in low-income neighborhoods.

There have additionally been complaints about insufficient medical therapy in prisons.

Some consider it should worsen El Salvador in the long term.

The Related Press and NewsNation writers Robert Sherman and Taylor Delandro contributed to this report.