Salvadoran authorities have dismantled an alleged death squad partially made up of police and linked to around 40 killings of gang members since 2014, when a resurgence of gang-related violence began. Five civilians and five police were arrested Friday in the first crackdown in 20 years on a “social cleansing” group in El Salvador. Attorney General Douglas Melendez said the self-described “self-defense” organization was financed by local business leaders and Salvadorans living in the United States. Eleven other suspected members of the gang, which operated in the eastern province of San Miguel, remain at large. “We can’t allow our country to become the Old West and this case is an example of that, where we have evidence of summary executions carried out by the suspects,” Melendez said. Although the group has been linked to 40 homicides, the detainees will be charged with 9 killings, he added.
Ms Evans, the mother of a five-year-old son, travelled to Baton Rouge “because she wanted to look her son in the eyes to tell him she fought for his freedom and rights,” according to R Alex Haynes, who said on Facebook he had known Ms Evans since childhood.A jail log from the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office showed an Ieshia Evans, 35, was booked on a charge of simple obstruction of a highway and had been released from custody.Reuters could not reach Ms Evans for comment.After her arrest, Ms Evans ended another Facebook post with: “Peace, love, blk power!#blacklivesmatter.”She asked friends not to give interviews on her behalf, saying she wanted to tell her own story, but later said she was not ready to speak to reporters.”I want to get home to my son,” she wrote. “I’ve been through a lot.”
One night after leaving work with my manager, who was also a friend, she asked me to hail her a cab. “Hey, I follow your orders at work, but once we leave the building, we’re equals.” I felt annoyed by her demanding behavior.“Look,” she said, her eyes averted with embarrassment, “they won’t stop for me.”I didn’t get it. I totally thought she was messing with me.“And why won’t they stop for you?”“Because I’m black.”No way. That couldn’t be true. It was the late nineties. Surely, we had evolved to see beyond the color of someone’s skin. I told her as much.She sighed. “Okay, stand back and watch.”She stepped up to the curb and I stepped back by the building. One free cab passed her by, then another. When the third one passed, my jaw dropped and I had tears in my eyes.“See?” she said. She looked embarrassed, and I felt like the biggest jerk in the world for not believing her. Upset that humanity still didn’t seem to remember.We traded places. No sooner did I hold up my hand that a cab came to a screeching halt in front of me. I opened the door for her to climb in. He looked back at her and then forward, rolling his eyes.
Great run down on the previous week – good links
Egyptian foreign minister visits Israel
- Egyptian foreign minister to talk Middle East peace in rare visit to Israel
- Egypt to receive alleged Egypt Air MS804 wreckage washed ashore in Israel
- Traders are betting Egypt will weaken the pound as soon as Tuesday
- Egypt considers retaliations for Italy’s decision to cut military supplies
- Central bank governor: Support for pound was “a grave error”
- Egypt closes Rafah crossing with Gaza after 5 days of operation
- Egypt’s Morsi added to “terror list”
- Egypt’s mufti: ‘Sheikhs inciting radicalism’ are not “Islamic scholars”
- Egypt retrieves Abbasid artifacts from London auction house
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