At president's request, Congress decrees a state of emergency due to criminal escalation in El Salvador

"The Legislative Assembly of El Salvador, with a large pro-government majority, decreed an exceptional regime this Sunday, March 27, as a result of an 'excessive increase' in homicides attributed to gangs and that claimed the lives of 76 people in two days, which is a record in the country's recent history.


The Legislative body, with 67 votes of the 84 congressmen, suspended for a period of 30 days the freedom of association, right of defense, term of administrative detention, inviolability of correspondence and telecommunications.


The guarantees that Congress can suspend by invoking this article are the freedom to enter and leave the country, freedom of expression, the inviolability of correspondence, the prohibition of the intervention of telecommunications without a court order.

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