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El Salvador under gang siege: Mara Salvatrucha/Mara 18 wrestling with salvadorian state.

Gang Mara Salvatrucha attacks El Salvador

Public transport in El Salvador has been severely disrupted for a third day by a strike enforced by street gangs, angry at a new law making gang membership a criminal offence.

The Mara 18 and Mara Salvatrucha gangs told transport operators to observe the shutdown, or face the consequences.

Thousands of troops have been deployed to protect bus drivers and commuters.

The anti-gang law was introduced in July after gang members set fire to a bus, killing 17 people.

The BBC’s Eric Lemus in the capital San Salvador says most bus companies there and across the country appear to have given in to the gangs’ threats.

He said about 80% of public transport was suspended, although…READ MORE HERE.