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Thousands of tattooed inmates pictured in El Salvador mega-prison | BBC

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El Salvador has moved 2,000 suspected gang members to a new prison in a bid to tackle violent crime.

The Centre for the Confinement of Terrorism, in Tecoluca, 74km southeast of the capital, San Salvador, will eventually hold more than 40,000 people. The prisoners were pictured being led to the facility in shackles, sitting on the floor before being taken to their cells. President Nayib Bukele tweeted that the jail was the largest in the Americas and that the gang members would be unable to “do any further harm to the population”. The emergency measures used to pass the “war on gangs” policy have been controversial, with human rights organizations arguing that innocent people have been caught up in it.



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