Coronavirus

El Salvador uses Covid-19 as excuse for gang massacres

Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele was praised for his efficient Covid-19 approach — which has turned into a cover for human rights abuses

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Mara Salvatrucha-13 gang member captured in Soyapango, El Salvador. President Bukele wants to crack down on gang activity, whatever the human cost. Photo: ES James/Shutterstock

The poor Central American nation of El Salvador has earned praise for its swift clampdown on Covid-19. Even before the country recorded its first case, President Nayib Bukele imposed a lockdown, announced an economic relief plan, and restricted the entry of virtually all foreign citizens. The country has administered 3,300 tests for every 1 million citizens, which is nearly double the testing rate in Brazil. And while many nations have seen their infections and deaths rise, El Salvador has only 345 recorded coronavirus infections and a mere eight deaths.

However, while Mr. Bukele has capitalized on his successful Covid-19...

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