sábado, 22 de marzo de 2014

Twelve reported murdered in El Salvador in a day

Twelve or 13 were murdered across El Salvador on 20 March mostly in suspected criminal vendettas, and as the Ministry of Justice suggested the daily crime rate was rising on a more permanent basis. The Ministry gave the figure of nine murders a day now, in contrast with the six or seven a day that had characterised most of 2012 and some months of 2013, when the country's Mara gangs were engaged in and respected a ceasefire they began in March 2012. Police counted 145 murders across the country "in the month of March," and 625 in the "first three months of" 2014, presumably from 1 January to 19 or 20 March, El Mundo reported on 20 March, observing that the latter figure was 135 more than for the same period in 2013. El Salvador's President-elect Salvador Sánchez Cerén declared on 19 March that his government would not "negotiate" the continuation of any ceasefire between the country's criminal gangs, and make security operations and preventive programs the bases of its fight against crime, elsalvador.com reported on 20 March. While the outgoing government of Mauricio Funes has denied involvement in the ceasefire, critics have long accused it of a range of conducts from paying money to the gangs, to acting as ceasefire facilitators to allowing them privileges or mild treatment in return for reducing violence. The president-elect appeared to be taking a more emphatic distance with the ceasefire, perhaps in part in response to half the country having voted on 9 March for the conservative opposition, which promised strong-arm tactics against crime if elected to the presidency. The website observed that Mr Sánchez's proclamation as President required the prior resolution of several complaints about election fraud lodged by the opposition, by the Supreme Court's constitutional affairs chamber.

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