El Salvador: Salvadoran govt: Gang truce hasn’t worked

The government of El Salvador said Monday that the truce between the country’s main Mara street gangs hasn’t worked, and that killings and attacks against police have risen again.

The pacts between the Mara Salvatrucha and the rival Mara 18 gang had been widely hailed as a success in cutting homicide rates almost in half. But the Public Safety and Justice Ministry said in a statement published Monday in newspapers that the gangs have increased their violence and adopted a policy of attacking law enforcement officers.

“The National Police force has received information and evidence that the gangs have increased their criminal acts,” according to the ministry statement. “Some groups within the gangs have instructions to directly attack police, military personnel and public servants, with the aim of putting pressure on the incoming administration” of President-elect Salvador Sanchez Ceren, who is scheduled to take office in June. SEE MORE…

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