"The judicial system must let them go because they are innocent," Bukele acknowledged, stressing that the only way to achieve peace is by enforcing the law and guaranteeing justice.
In March 2022, the Salvadoran Congress approved a still-in-force state of exception to fight gang violence. The initiative, extended ten times, suspends constitutional rights, such as telecommunications’ inviolability and the need for judicial orders to make arrests. It also expands the length of administrative detention from 3 days up to 15 days.
Under the state of exception, arrests have become more frequent and expedited. So far, authorities have arrested over 61,000 people for suspicion of being linked to gangs.
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