See the ‘world’s most criticized prison’ in El Salvador housing 4,000 tattooed gangsters who will never go home (photos)
The 40,000-capacity Center for the Confinement of Terrorism in Tecoluca, San Vicente, was purpose-built to relieve the overwhelmed prison system in the country
The first 2,000 inmates were sent there last month while a second group of 2,000 prisoners were moved on Thursday, March 16 to the facility, where human rights group have said is too congested.
Since president Bukele announced a state of exception in March 2022, over 62,000 suspected gang members have been arrested.
El Salvador has one of highest crime rates in Latin America and The country’s government has extended emergency powers to let the mass arrests continue.
‘This day, in a new operation, we moved the second batch of 2000 gangsters to the Terrorism Contention Centre (CECOT),’ Bukele wrote on Facebook.
‘With this, there are now 4,000 gangsters inhabiting the world’s most criticised prison.’
Footage and photographs show thousands of barefoot men being led through the cavernous jail lined by guards in balaclavas.
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