El Salvador Making Gang Membership A Criminal Offence But At What Cost

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    Gang strike paralyses El Salvador​


    The army has been using trucks to help people get to work

    Public transport in El Salvador has been severely disrupted for a third day by a strike enforced by street gangs, angry at a new law making gang membership a criminal offence.

    The Mara 18 and Mara Salvatrucha gangs told transport operators to observe the shutdown, or face the consequences.

    Thousands of troops have been deployed to protect bus drivers and commuters.

    The anti-gang law was introduced in July after gang members set fire to a bus, killing 17 people.

    The BBC's Eric Lemus in the capital San Salvador says most bus companies there and across the country appear to have given in to the gangs' threats.

    He said about 80% of public transport was suspended, although some private drivers in pick-up trucks had been carrying passengers for much higher fares.

    Many businesses also shut down for fear of reprisals after the gangs circulated leaflets telling them to close or "face the consequences".

    Police and soldiers have been escorting the vehicles that have been carrying passengers, and the army has also been using trucks to help people get to work.

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    BBC News - Gang strike paralyses El Salvador

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    I remember reading a story that the people of El Salvador were so fed up with gangs that they formed vigilate groups and started killing anyone that even had a tattoo. Civil rights groups started claiming that the vigilantes were worse than the gangs they hunted. When will the US wake up and do something similar.
     
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    Treasury cracks down on MS-13...
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    US Imposes Penalties on MS-13 Gang
    October 11, 2012: The U.S. government has stepped up its crackdown on Mara Salvatrucha, a violent gang with roots in El Salvador that has been increasing its presence in the United States.
     
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    Killings still dropping, but not as fast as 2012...
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    PACE OF DROP IN EL SALVADOR KILLINGS SLOWS
    Dec 23,`13 -- Homicides in El Salvador decreased again this year, but not as deeply as they did in 2012 after warring street gangs signed a truce.
     
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    The Hispanic community is fully aware of these gangs here in the USA and rightfully fear them. As has occurred in previous times, The threaten Salvadorian business owners with reprisals if they don't pay up and a lot of gang shootings are attributed to them. They have become a major source of drug trafficking.

    And, while all this is going on, you see or hear or read almost nothing of it in the press! :mad:
     

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