Inside El Salvador’s war on crime

From The Economist.

President Nayib Bukele’s brutal crackdown on crime has dramatically reduced the murder rate and won him favour with the public, but what’s the true cost of his war on gangs? The Economist’s deputy editor, Robert Guest, reports from El Salvador on how Bukele is using the fight against crime to amass power.

00:00 – Inside president Bukele’s crackdown
02:25 – How the public and the prisoners’ families have reacted
03:55 – El Salvador’s security minister on fair trials
05:13 – How Bukele is amassing power

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