Violence, cult war and murder in El Salvador is nothing new.
But it has surged as the country’s street gangs renewed their clashes with government forces and among themselves.
After the six-month-old government of President Salvador Sanchez Ceren publicly rejected any truce and launched an aggressive crackdown in January this year,
putting Cult-leaders back in maximum-security cells after removing them from lax facilities where they were able to run their criminal operations remotely.
A gang truce lasted for more than a year and saw the average daily murders fall to about six.
But Now that change has come, the streets are now controlled by younger, better-armed criminals who wild and reckless.
Miguel Fortin Magana, director of the country’s Legal Medicine Institute, said Friday that June’s total surpassed May’s total of 641 murders.
The first six months of this year have produced 2,965 murders compared with 1,840 murders during the same period last year.