El Salvador's popular millennial president waging war on gangs

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El Salvador's popular millennial president waging war on gangs

El Salvador's popular millennial president waging war on gangs

SAN SALVADOR: Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele\u0027s controversial war on gangs has led to tens of thousands of arrests and sparked criticism from rights groups, but helped win him sky-high popularity three years into his term. First seen as a young challenger to the status quo but later accused of autho

Bukele has made reducing the murder rate in the violence-plagued Central American country a key priority.Political analyst Dagoberto Gutierrez described the move as an"audacious action, necessary in the face of a complicated phenomenon that is the gangs."

Criminologist Ricardo Sosa said that while the war against gangs is"impacting their capacity to cause damage" and forcing them to"disband or go into hiding", they will not disappear in the short term at least.Murders dropped by more than 50 per cent in two years - from 2,398 in 2019 to 1,147 in 2021. But critics attribute the decline to alleged secret government negotiations with gangs, which authorities deny.

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First seen as a young challenger to the status quo but later accused of authoritarian tendencies, the 40-year-old Bukele - a relentless presence on social media - has brushed off the criticism and boasts a 91 per cent approval rating, according to a poll by Cid Gallup. Bukele has made reducing the murder rate in the violence-plagued Central American country a key priority. The goals sent the home fans into raptures, with the final controversially staged at Wydad’s stadium after the Confederation of African Football said Morocco was the only bidder, Senegal having withdrawn their application. After a wave of murders left 87 people dead at the end of March, he declared a state of emergency, sending troops onto the streets and giving his security forces special powers to arrest people without a warrant. Now, it also wants to look at improving the mental health of Singaporeans by helping them manage their stress. Since then, 35,000 suspected gang members have been locked up, adding to the 16,000 already behind bars out of an estimated total of 70,000 in the country. Source: Reuters. Political analyst Dagoberto Gutierrez described the move as an"audacious action, necessary in the face of a complicated phenomenon that is the gangs. The company has also been organising online concerts featuring major stars, including Taiwanese Mandopop singer Lo Ta-yu, whose event on Channels last weekend drew 42 million unique viewers, according to Tencent.

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But critics attribute the decline to alleged secret government negotiations with gangs, which authorities deny. Bukele has also come under fire for creeping authoritarianism, with the United States and numerous rights organisations demanding he respect human rights following allegations of mass arbitrary arrests and mistreatment of detainees. In May 2021, aided by a Congress dominated by allies, Bukele sacked all five judges of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, the highest judicial authority in the country. He also fired the attorney general and a third of the country's 690 judges - all those aged over 60 or with more than 30 years of service. The United Nations, the Organization of American States and the United States all called on El Salvador to respect the rule of law and press freedoms." "WeChat is on the right track to use these concerts to pull users to Channels.

Eduardo Escobar, director of the Citizens Action association, said:"This has been three years in which his government's tone has been authoritarianism, attacking the separation of powers to have a government tailored to him, without opposition to his actions." BITCOIN BET On the economic front, Bukele is trying to secure a US$1.3 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to clean up the finances of a country where public debt is around 90 per cent of gross domestic product. Despite rampant volatility in the cryptocurrency markets, the millennial president also wants to issue Bitcoin bonds worth US$1 billion to build a"Bitcoin City" close to the Conchagua volcano that would be able to provide it with an inexhaustible source of renewable energy. Bitcoin has been legal tender in El Salvador since September 2021, alongside the US dollar, which was adopted more than two decades ago. On April 1, the remastered version of Canto-pop legend Leslie Cheung's classic concert in 2000 was said to have drawn over 17 million online viewers.

Economist Rafael Lemus said negotiations with the IMF are dragging on because the government is refusing to accept the global financial institutions' conditions. "What the government does not want is IMF standards, which demand transparency, accountability and a fight against corruption," Lemus said. The economist fears the country is at risk of"instability" and being unable to pay its debt. Finance Minister Alejandro Zelaya, for his part, has dismissed predictions of default by"prophets of chaos," and insists the country is merely fighting for"the best conditions." Source: AFP/ec . "The live streams on Channels that became viral featured mega stars, and their appearances can easily strike a chord among a close circle of users with a shared memory of younger days.