El Salvador: Unraveling of gang truce brings fresh wave of violence

President Sánchez Cerán calls out military to deal with the rise in murders

The unraveling of an historic, internationally praised 2012 truce between two major rival street gangs in El Salvador is bringing a new wave of violence, which many fear is leading to a re-militarization of the country.

Bloody skirmishes between the military and gang members over the weekend have prompted the government of President Salvador Sánchez Cerén to take a tougher approach against the criminal organizations, which only two years ago had agreed to stop their murders and extortions. SEE MORE…

 

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