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El Salvador, Quezaltepeque jail (Mara Salvatrucha)
2009


El Salvador : Mass pacific demonstration of San Salvadorian prisoners. More than 9000 prisoners have began, Saturday 14th of February 2009, in El Salvador, “a pacific revolt” to ask for better detention conditions.
Salvadorian prison people is estimated to 21 000 people, but there is just
8000 places in prison. Prisoners “refuse to go back to their cells and don’t
take part to activities”, according with the general direction of prisons.
The rebellion began in the Cojutepeque prison, 55 km from San Salvador, and is propagated quickly to 10 other penitential centres for adults, and four other for minors. As well as Cojutepeque, Apanteos, Usulután, Sensuntepeque, San Vicente, Quezaltepeque, San Francisco Gotera, San Miguel, Sonsonate and Chalatenango prison. Today, 8 adults prison are spared, but a propagation can’t be excluded.
The mass desobedience. For the first time, prisoners from two rival gangs,
“Mara Salvatrucha » and « Mara 18 », have make a deal for a protestation
action.
Nearly 2000 prisoners’ parents have demonstrated Monday in San Salvador, and have broadcasted a declaration from prisoners, who demand, for one among others, the “respect of physical, moral, and psychological integrity, the amelioration of medical cares, of food, and the building of new detention centres”. The mass desobedience. For the first time, prisoners from two rival gangs, “Mara Salvatrucha » and « Mara 18 », have make a deal for a protestation action.
Nearly 2000 prisoners’ parents have demonstrated Monday in San Salvador, and have broadcasted a declaration from prisoners, who demand, for one among others, the “respect of physical, moral, and psychological integrity, the amelioration of medical cares, of food, and the building of new detention centres”.

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