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El Salvador: Armed street gangs give up arsenal for peace

El Salvador, San Salvador
May 28, 2013 at 00:52 GMT +00:00 · Published

El Salvador: Armed street gangs give up arsenal for peace

Members of notorious rival gangs involved in street violence across North and Central America since the 80's turned in their weapons on Monday in the Plaza Gerardo Barrios in San Salvador, as part of an amnesty designed to get their arsenal of guns off the streets of El Salvador. According to the Technical Committee of the Reduction Process and Violence in El Salvador, the weapons amnesty has decreased homicides in by 50 per cent.

This marks the third turning in of arms, known as "la tregua", the first two of which took a total of 354 weapons out of the hands of unlicensed users. Overseen by the Organisation of the American States (OAS), Monday's event was coordinated by the OAS Secretary for Multi-dimensional Security Adam Brackwell, and it involved former leader of the Farbunbdo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), Raul Mijango, and Bishop Fabio Colindres. Mijango acts as a mediator between the gangs, bringing onboard three other street gangs: Mirada Loco, Mao-Mao and Machine.

Brackwell claimed the process was important for the security of Salvadoran citizens, saying: "I think it's very important for El Salvador, I think it's very important for Central America, I think its very important for the countries of the America's to try and find solutions to the very high levels of criminality that we have."

Other Latin American countries like Honduras and Guatemala have also proposed a weapons amnesty among their local 'Maras'. Members of the 'Mara Salvatrucha' and 'Barrio 18' in Honduras announced on May 25 that they will participate in a 'tregua' next Tuesday, hoping to achieve a similar decrease in street violence.

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El Salvador: Armed street gangs give up arsenal for peace

Members of notorious rival gangs involved in street violence across North and Central America since the 80's turned in their weapons on Monday in the Plaza Gerardo Barrios in San Salvador, as part of an amnesty designed to get their arsenal of guns off the streets of El Salvador. According to the Technical Committee of the Reduction Process and Violence in El Salvador, the weapons amnesty has decreased homicides in by 50 per cent.

This marks the third turning in of arms, known as "la tregua", the first two of which took a total of 354 weapons out of the hands of unlicensed users. Overseen by the Organisation of the American States (OAS), Monday's event was coordinated by the OAS Secretary for Multi-dimensional Security Adam Brackwell, and it involved former leader of the Farbunbdo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), Raul Mijango, and Bishop Fabio Colindres. Mijango acts as a mediator between the gangs, bringing onboard three other street gangs: Mirada Loco, Mao-Mao and Machine.

Brackwell claimed the process was important for the security of Salvadoran citizens, saying: "I think it's very important for El Salvador, I think it's very important for Central America, I think its very important for the countries of the America's to try and find solutions to the very high levels of criminality that we have."

Other Latin American countries like Honduras and Guatemala have also proposed a weapons amnesty among their local 'Maras'. Members of the 'Mara Salvatrucha' and 'Barrio 18' in Honduras announced on May 25 that they will participate in a 'tregua' next Tuesday, hoping to achieve a similar decrease in street violence.

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