A transport of 2,000 new prisoners, half-naked and bound, has arrived at a new mega-prison in El Salvador. The recording was published by the country’s president, who is running a controversial campaign to fight organized crime. Meanwhile, human rights organizations are alarming that some of the people detained in Salvadoran prisons are innocent.
On Tuesday, a second group of 2,000 prisoners were transported to a huge prison, located about 70 km from the capital of El Salvador, the city of San Salvador. The new mega-prison is to be the largest penitentiary facility in the Americas, ultimately accommodating over 40,000 prisoners. people.
Mega Prison in El Salvador
On Wednesday, the country’s president, Nayib Bukele, praised the transport on Twitter, also publishing a few-minute recording of it. In total, more than 4,000 gang members have been sent to the new prison, he said. The first transport of prisoners was organized at the end of Februaryand the Salvadoran authorities also shared numerous photos and recordings from it.
The recording made available by the president shows how half-naked men, barefoot, in handcuffs and with shaved heads, following the instructions of the guards, run down the stairs with their hands on their heads straight to the cells, where they sit cross-legged. Many of them have gang-related tattoos, Reuters reported.
President Bukele’s Gang War
The decision to create a giant prison was made by Nayib Bukele, who announced the start of a war with criminal organizations almost a year ago. In March 2022, after at least 92 people were murdered in just four days, President Bukele established state of emergencyhas since been extended several times. A wave of arrests of gang members followed. It is estimated that at least 60,000 people have been imprisoned since then. people, including hundreds of children. Arrests are made without a warrant and detainees are denied the right to defend themselves, Reuters points out.
Dealing organizations human rights alarm that innocent people are also sent to Salvadoran prisons for this reason. Some of the detainees also report being subjected to “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment”. At least several dozen people have already died in police custody because of this, notes Reuters.
Main photo source: Reuters