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El Salvador

Yearbook 2010

El Salvador. According to COUNTRYAAH, the power measurement between the government and organized crime continued during the year. In June, members of one of the largest crime leagues ("maras") fired a bus on the outskirts of the capital, San Salvador, and set fire to it, killing 14 people. The reason for the attack was said to be that the bus company in question refused to pay protection money to the league, which is increasingly acting according to common mafia methods. President Mauricio Funes, who was largely elected on a program with more humane law enforcement policies, in turn had to use increasingly violent methods, and critics said his methods now did not differ much from the harsh tactics followed by his representatives. The violence only escalated further. In September, the two largest crime leagues staged a 72-hour bus strike, which affected about half of all bus traffic in the country, in protest of the president. According to sources in the United States, the Salvadoran leagues consist of 70,000 members, and signs suggest that cooperation between the "maras" in Central America and the drug power in Mexico has increased. The number of murders per 100,000 population in El Salvador rose to 61 during the year.

2010 El Salvador

President Fune's tougher methods of law enforcement also aggravated the friction within his own party, the FMLN (Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional), where criticism was harsh on him for what was perceived as a general right-wing policy since he was elected in March of the previous year. However, some political points gained Funes in early October through his historic visit to Cuba, with which El Salvador reestablished diplomatic relations in connection with Fune's takeover of power in 2009.

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