Wednesday, July 6

A failed pact between a criminal gang and the Government of El Salvador triggered the murder of 87 people, according to ‘El Faro’

Members of the criminal gang Mara Salvatrucha-13 (MS-13) admitted being responsible for the day bloodiest in the recent history of El Salvador. MS-13 confirmed to have killed 87 people between March 25 and 27, according to a research published this Tuesday through the salvadoran environment The lighthouse.

The great part of those victims had no relation to the gangs, according to the Police. The murders would have been in response to what this gang considered a “betrayal” by the Nayib Bukele government of the pact they had maintained for at least two and a half years, according to MS-13 spokespersons. The lighthouse.

“They [el Gobierno] They did things they didn’t have to do. From there, it is for what those 80 deaths that happened on those dates rose. I explain? They did not comply, they made captures that they did not have to do, where they said come to such a place, let’s talk and instead of talking, they captured”, said a leader of this gang who is outside of El Salvador to the Salvadoran media outlet.

The breaking of this alleged pact between the Government of El Salvador and Mara Salvatrucha (MS13) would have unleashed a wave of murders that on March 27 led Congress to declare a state of emergency, giving Nayib Bukele special powers to arrest more than 30,000 suspects without a warrant.

The lighthouse accessed a series of recordings in which Carlos Marroquín, director of the Reconstruction of the Social Fabric and one of the negotiators with the gangs on behalf of the Executive, is heard telling one of the criminals after the first arrests: “Right now the process is it’s over and in there [en las cárceles] they are torturing people. They are suffering and they are being humiliated.”

Marroquín also questioned the Minister of Security and Justice, Gustavo Villatoro, for transferring the messages from the gangs to the president. In December 2021, the United States Department of the Treasury announced sanctions against Marroquín and the director of prisons, Osiris Luna, for “secret negotiations” between the government and the MS13.

According to the Salvadoran media, the escalation of murders took place after the capture of some members of the gang who were being transported in a government vehicle.

Among the reasons for breaking the pact, MS-13 presented the seven recordings in which Marroquín is heard admitting having conducted a negotiation process for “almost two and a half years” and having taken a gang member out of the country to demonstrate to the gang their “loyalty and trust”, according to the investigation of The lighthouse.