The country’s powerful street gangs in El Salvador secretly negotiated with the government’s corrupt officials, the U.S. Treasury charged Wednesday, contradicting El Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele’s denials and raising tensions between the two nations.
“If you can’t beat them, bribe them to behave,” this is exactly what’s happening in El Salvador right now.
The U.S Treasury said in a statement, confirming that Bukele’s administration made secret negotiations with the notorious gangs:
In 2020, Bukele’s administration ‘’provided financial incentives to Salvadoran gangs MS-13 and 18th Street Gang (Barrio 18) to ensure that incidents of gang violence and the number of confirmed homicides remained low.”
“Over the course of these negotiations with Luna and Marroquin, gang leadership also agreed to provide political support to the Nuevas Ideas political party in upcoming elections.”
And the two unscrupulous officials who negotiated directly with the gang leaders were Osiris Luna Meza, chief of the Salvadoran Penal System and Vice Minister of Justice and Public Security, and Carlos Amilcar Marroquin Chica, chairman of the Social Fabric Reconstruction Unit.
The gang is hight involved in dealing drugs, kidnapping, human smuggling, sex trafficking, murder, assassinations, racketeering, blackmail, extortion, and immigration offenses. Name it, they all have it.
Unsurprisingly, the negotiations come with a deal, a political maneuver in upcoming elections, MS-13 and Barrio 18 “gang leadership agreed to provide political support to the Nuevas Ideas political party.
As a result, Bukele’s New Ideas party won legislative elections earlier this year in a landslide, giving it control of El Salvador’s congress.
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Luna and Marroquin agreed to fork over “Salvadoran government financial allocations in 2020.” MS-13 and Barrio 18 also “received privileges for gang leadership incarcerated in Salvadoran prisons, such as the provision of mobile phones and prostitutes.”
What more could they desire? How about some support for COVID-19 restrictions in exchange. It’s no wonder Kamala Harris has been hiding in the White House basement.
“Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Luna also negotiated an agreement with gang leaders from MS-13 and Barrio 18 for the gangs’ support of President Bukele’s national quarantine in gang-controlled areas.” To sweeten the pot, “Luna participated in a scheme to steal and re-sell government purchased staple goods that were originally destined for COVID-19 pandemic relief.” He had the nerve to sell the goods he stole from the government back to the government.
“These items were transferred to private companies and then resold on the private market or back to the government.” Along with Alma Yanira Meza Olivares (Meza) they cooked up “a scheme to embezzle millions of dollars from El Salvador’s prison commissary system. They also created fraudulent job positions within the prison system, in which supposed “employees” would receive monthly paychecks and return most of the earnings back to Luna and Meza.”