• Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Buses Removed from Roads in El Salvador to Protest Killings

September 22, 2006

SAN SALVADOR – Transit companies took their buses off the roads in eastern El Salvador Sept. 14 to protest the killings of some 80 drivers, fare-collectors and bus owners, most of which are attributed to members of violent youth gangs.

Some 300 buses that each day cover the route from the eastern city of San Miguel to the capital have been taken out of service, leaving hundreds of people without public transportation.

Those same business owners also halted service on Sept. 13 for six hours to protest the previous day’s slaying of a driver and fare-collector.

Both the Deputy Minister of Public Safety, Astor Escalante, and the National Police Director, Rodrigo Avila, said the action taken by the firms would not help in combating extortion by the gangs.

For months, thousands of small- and mid-size business owners across the country have been harassed by gang members who have threatened them or their families with violence if they do not pay a “rent” or “tax,” prompting many of them to close their businesses.

According to the heads of transit company associations, at least 80 people have been killed this year, including owners, drivers and fare-collectors, and close to 50 buses have been set ablaze.

The business owners have told reporters they are prepared to negotiate with gang leaders to bring an end to the wave of violence.

Official figures indicate that there are roughly 8,700 gang members in El Salvador, almost half of whom are in prison.

Information provided by the National Police shows that an average of 10 people a day are slain in this Central American nation, mostly by street gangs.

 

You may be interested

Thanksgiving in Costa Rica was a long time coming
Archive
14083 views
Archive
14083 views

Thanksgiving in Costa Rica was a long time coming

Rebecca Kimitch - November 26, 2020

For Thanksgiving 2020 we're looking back on a 2005 piece that, in turn, looked back on Thanksgivings past in Costa…

The race to obtain coronavirus vaccines in Latin America
Latin America
21503 views
Latin America
21503 views

The race to obtain coronavirus vaccines in Latin America

AFP Bureaus - November 26, 2020

While the world waits for vaccine candidates to complete trials and pass safety tests, Latin American countries are accelerating negotiations…

Where to eat an authentic Thanksgiving meal in Costa Rica
Holidays
1561 views
Holidays
1561 views

Where to eat an authentic Thanksgiving meal in Costa Rica

The Tico Times - November 26, 2020

While Costa Rica doesn’t officially recognize the Thanksgiving holiday, thousands of Ticos every year still partake in the U.S. tradition…