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El Salvador’s Bukele scales up anti-gang push with new deployments

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By Gerardo Arbaiza SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) – Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele promised on Wednesday to tighten security around major cities, the latest escalation of an eight-month-old war against gang violence which human rights groups say is marred by unjustified detentions. Since March, Bukele has ordered the arrest of more than 50,000 suspected gang members, whom he calls terrorists, while denying basic process rights to those caught up in the dragnet. The crackdown is one of his signature policies and is aimed at reducing the Central American country’s homicide rate to less than two per d…

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