At least 2,000 suspected gangsters were transferred to El Salvador on Wednesday in the “largest prison in America” built for 40,000 inmates as part of the “war” on crime launched a year ago by President Nayib Bukele.
“In a new operation, we transferred the second group of two thousand gangsters to the Containment Center of Terrorism (CECOT). There are now four thousand gangsters living in the most criticized prison in the world”, announced Nayib Bukele on his Twitter account.
The conditions of detention in this gigantic prison, in Tecoluca (74 km south-east of San Salvador), are denounced by organizations for the defense of human rights.
The Salvadoran president published photos and videos of this transfer of detainees from Izalco prison, while Defense Minister René Francis Merino specified that 1,200 soldiers ensured the security of the operation, also monitored by three army helicopters.