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El Salvador will use military discipline to counter gang influence on young

Good Initiative in Security: Government in El Salvador will reeducate juveniles into military discipline

The Minister of National Defense of El Salvador, David Munguia Payés , said that the plan is aimed at those young people “at risk” living in areas of influence of the “maras” (a dangerous international gang linked to Zetas and other criminal groups) . The project will be presented by the government to the United Nations UN to seek international funding.

General Payés Munguia said the plan is to recruit some 5,000 young people living in areas influenced by gangs (Maras) and intern them to receive unarmed military discipline.

“It seeks to instill some discipline and training in the field of civil protection and job skills,” said the military chief.

“We will meet with UN staff to present some ideas that we have in regard to this program and see if they can help us fund it,” said the officer.

Minister National Defense of El Salvador David Munguia Payes (center) and wife meeting Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou, under the gaze of General Chiang Kai Shek.

The Salvadoran government has said in recent days that they lack funds to finance the project, which has caused controversy in Salvadoran society.

In El Salvador, about 12 people are killed daily. Police officials say that ten percent of homicides are committed by juveniles linked to gangs.