The President of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, confirmed this Wednesday the transfer of another 2,000 prisoners to the Center for the Confinement of Terrorism (CECOT), a macro-prison for gang members with a capacity for up to 40,000 inmates.
As confirmed by the Salvadoran president, with this operation there are now 4,000 inmates in a prison that is highly questioned by the international community and that he himself ironically defines as “the most critical prison in the world.”
Bukele has announced this transfer through a publication on his official profile of the social network Twitter, where he has also attached a video of more than a minute in which different stages of the process are observed.
In the images you can see the authorities grouping the prisoners in the prison where they were being held and how they are transferred –dressed only in white underwear and handcuffed from behind– running to a bus heading to CECOT.
Several days ago, the Salvadoran authorities publicized the first transfer of prisoners and also disseminated videos such as the one shared by Bukele, which aroused harsh criticism from foreign powers and human rights defense organizations.
The Salvadoran government has even received criticism for the construction of the aforementioned facilities, which for organizations such as Human Rights Watch (HRW) fail to comply with United Nations international regulations on the treatment of prisoners.
It has also raised international doubts about observing the emergency regime decreed in El Salvador in March 2022 to combat the wave of homicides, for allegedly giving wings to excesses by the authorities. Since then, the Police have arrested about 65,000 suspected gang members.