El Salvador: Opposition to Eventual State of Emergency

In the view of the business sector the implementation of a State of Emergency does not guarantee that the problem of insecurity and the escalation of violence affecting the country will be resolved.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

From a statement issued by the National Association of Private Enterprise:

Given the alarming increase in killings and spread of crime throughout the country, the ANEP is joining the call for security of the population and wishes to state:

1. Salvadorans are living a state of despair and anxiety generated by gangs that limit access to their homes and their jobs, threatening their daily lives and their civil liberties.

2. The inability of the security authorities to halt the escalation of violence is evident in light of the proposal to impose a state of emergency, which is no guarantee of a solution to the problem of insecurity which people are experiencing, much less in the absence of a orderly and effective plan.



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