El Salvador celebrates first day without a murder
Bryan Llenas explains the fear of the cartels siding up with the street gangs
- Duration 7:00
- Date Apr 18, 2012
Bryan Llenas explains the fear of the cartels siding up with the street gangs
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We do we just sort of -- to you know and really what's going on and also -- -- for him precedent and they celebrated this past Saturday the very first day in three years but they have not had a murder.
And it's it's it's in its its three point eight to talk about it obviously because the drug when we talk about Mexico.
But in El Salvador -- more to raise about 65.
For every 100000 in Mexico it's it's eighteen point five for -- 100000 so next I'll talk a lot about accidental a lot of -- you know of course you know.
It's really -- population is fairly won't -- there you go the other thing you -- take the population El Salvador six million.
Arizona is about the same way Arizona hasn't hasn't -- of murder rate of like five for a 100000 so it's a very serious issue and I think what.
There's a lot of things are going on with Mexico that directly effect obviously the Mercury and sound where -- -- drug trafficking.
What even more interesting is the street gang issues as direct ties Los Angeles actually.
Which is interest thing on MS thirteen right don't know about that -- right -- -- eighteen.
That -- as well -- originate into South Florida originated here it's it's -- American chronicle and rushed Morgan -- that would really does so when I umpires getting.
Really what happened is in the 1980s was the United States when when a lot of them were.
World deported back and El Salvador.
They gain huge ground enough in that country and so now you have.
You have MS thirteen and by -- eighteen.
-- body -- thirteen which are real and -- him by doing team which I don't against each other in that country.
And so that's the police are saying that that's perhaps 90% of the reason why this -- is the way this.
But then you have others are saying you know what there's drug trafficking.
There's a real issue there you have Zain has done a real familiar with -- -- -- in Mexico Sinaloa Cartel.
That are using El Salvador.
As a way to get there cocaine into their country so there's a real sort of separation there and deciding well.
Who's the blind is the drug traffickers.
Or is it is it something is a local issue that the police trying to block what kind of what kind of I guess cooperation is their between the United States in El Salvador over there it's it's I mean much and it.
Understandably so much the cooperation on our party really -- Mexico and I and I think that's that they're hoping.
The hope is that the US will help the problem when Mexico now have a trickle down effect -- album.
The biggest thing that's happening the people that are fearing the most to sort of this.
Combination of the cartels for instance with the street -- of what happens if they come together what -- what happens if you take youngsters right these guys went.
As you as you can imagine -- the tattoos in these kind of games on the streets in the thugs and put them together -- with the cartels what happens if there's real leadership there.
And that's that's the fear is this combination of I guess that's when we look at what what happens is what happened what's happening right now Mexico right.
With just -- it's really becoming frightening.
Right I mean is that yet.
And essentially incremental sort of moving into encroaching into the big you know why tourist area exactly and that's reason why we care so much -- americans' sense is that the average American obviously loves very -- for tourism.
-- -- or not so much and -- you know that's part of the reason why it's it's an outlines her dominated headlines.
But it's a scary thought if there's actually organization.
Like there -- organization Mexico and El Salvador for some -- that that's that's serious.
Don't want to give anything to say it's your listening intently.
Just isn't it a shame that the reason that Americans care about this if at all.
It's because of their vacation prospects that's not the only an -- every parent -- -- a -- I'm making the hey there have visited the point that there an average person he is about it and I think that our own problems here in the united shortly or there's my god there's and that is that a lot of things to worry about that there's no doubt there's a reciprocity to you know as soon as you know.
As soon as they're sending drugs north we're sending gone south and there's been -- sort of connected nature to this and it's by all means you know.
Most people who are thinking about -- think about national security implications what does extreme poverty in such close proximity to the United States mean for that.
Tom what's the Obama administration.
Doing to sort of a deal so -- up.
Trying to stop some of this -- that's that's a question obviously with what what was going -- the gun smuggling situation that that they're -- with Mexico.
Guns don't seem to be the Ansar El Salvador I mean -- reality is a Catholic -- -- taking tribunal salad or from the for the peace there and they're saying well you know we're doing what you guys couldn't do and what the US cancer which is bring these street gangs together at a table.
And the talk about the issues it actually happened that's happening at least that's what the bishops -- -- I'm sure that we're having them and what -- causing truces and you guys can't seem to do that not sure there -- a lot of issues with government corruption all their corruption with the peace and security services and they and they feed each other feed off each other which makes Saturday.
Thing is is -- a big problem there I mean you know we've we've.
We talk about Mexican government and the Mexican police forces of the corruption there I see it myself you know I went there for spring break -- of course that was on the about a there was -- electricity back at.
No I mean you know my friends and I around the beach -- one of the girls was drinking she was over its so okay.
But you know the guy was like any little lady you know you gonna go to jail or -- giving a hundred bucks immediately that that again.
Look at me corruption when you talk about corruption rates of homicide rates central America's top -- -- -- and and it's just it's it all works together it's a wet and it really one country affects the other and it's really.
You know that the things literally changing hands there isn't necessarily cash -- -- And that's and that's what's really causing causing more this rift between again.
CN I think I mean what the Obama administration is doing with the United States government is doing it can be sort of seen in the Colombian talks that are happening now is sort of completely been affected by what's happening with the Secret Service scandal left for the most part there are these discussions happening about.
Free trade about it you know economic agree different economic agreements and and drug policy both in the United States.
You know I know the Obama administration is getting really heavily pressured by the Colombian government -- some of the first questions are being asked is you know.
Are you legalize it can we do this in a way that's you know reduces corruption and and and the president is president open to having this discussion well you know the president said by all means legalization is not -- extremely clear -- that.
Clarity as I did something -- Communist is clear on something.
We could have this conversation but -- -- -- -- well.
But the fact of the matter is -- the conversations are happening with Central America -- and I think it is an important problem not -- -- a lot of got a lot of talk again from the administration likes to lead from behind in the international community.
But not a lot of action.
I think we have a lot of priorities Salvador is one of many we have to foreign wars.
Taking place right now and -- -- -- North Korea you know kind of messed around with rockets and it.
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