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A Bargain Worth Making? Bukele and The Gangs of El Salvador

Not long before the pandemic touched down in El Salvador, which over the years has been the Central American country hardest hit by gang violence, the...

In downtown San Salvador, the capital, tags daubed by gangs on roadside walls had been painted over with graffiti.

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When we visited the nearby neighborhood of Iberia, a traditional gang fiefdom, their presence was also less apparent, though certain rules still had to be obeyed.

We lowered our car windows as we entered, a practice MS-13 imposes to spot outsiders. Minutes later, a young man approached us…

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