Great operation to capture Edwin Alvarado Lazo, murderer of Diana Melissa [node:title]
The National Civil Police of El Salvador announced the capture of Edwin Alvarado Lazo, 50, identified as the perpetrator of the murder of the minor Diana Melissa Cabrera, 7, in a case that has generated great impact in the nation. The event took place in the La Campanera urbanization on Monday night, and the rapid response of the authorities culminated in the arrest of the suspect within three days.
These are the type of hugs that are given in El Salvador. Today they presented: "the person responsible for the murder of Melissa, a 7-year-old girl, resident of La Campanera. This person was detained in 2001 and in 2005 for crimes of Violence against Women." @nayibbukele What do you think?… pic.twitter.com/lMfZ6ElUlU
— PacoZeaCom (@PacoZeaCom) October 13, 2023
The Presidential House of El Salvador, under the administration of Nayib Bukele, reported on the case, highlighting the efficiency and determination of the security forces in solving this crime. In a presentation to local residents and the media, the Director General of the Police, Commissioner General Mauricio Arriaza Chicas, along with members of the Security Cabinet, presented details about how Alvarado Lazo, known to the victim's family, kidnapped and later took his life.
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It has been indicated that there is documentary, testimonial and scientific evidence that places Alvarado Lazo in his residence between 5:30 and 7:00 at night, the moment in which he is presumed to have committed the crime. The authorities immediately activated the protocol for missing persons, a measure that was crucial for the location and arrest of the individual.
This day we present the person responsible for the murder of Melissa, a 7-year-old girl, resident of La Campanera.
This person was detained in 2001 and 2005 for crimes of Violence against Women, at a time when Human Rights were "respected", where the System... pic.twitter.com/wu6vxct7K9
— Nayib Bukele (@nayibbukele) October 13, 2023
It is important to highlight that Alvarado Lazo is not new to the judicial system, with records in 2001 and 2005 related to crimes against women. This prior history has raised questions about the effectiveness of legal and security measures implemented in the past.
The National Civil Police confirmed that the minor was found dead the day after the kidnapping in a green area of the community.
The Bukele style, hated and loved
Nayib Bukele, since his rise to the presidency in 2019, has implemented a series of strategies and policies with the aim of combating insecurity in El Salvador, a country historically affected by high levels of violence and crime, mainly due to gangs and the drug trafficking.
One of the most notable initiatives of his administration is the Territorial Control Plan. This plan focuses on regaining control of territories dominated by gangs, increasing police and military presence in key areas and improving living conditions in the most vulnerable communities. The program has also included measures to cut off the gangs' funding sources and reduce their operational capacity both inside and outside the prison system. As part of these measures, there has been an increase in arrests and the seizure of weapons and drugs.
Bukele has also promoted a modernization of the security forces, investing in equipment, technology and training for the National Civil Police and the Armed Forces. In addition, he has implemented video surveillance programs in strategic locations and has strengthened intelligence and criminal investigation to dismantle criminal groups.
In terms of prevention, the Bukele government has sought to attack the socioeconomic roots of violence, investing in education, employment and community development programs in historically marginalized areas. Programs have been initiated to offer alternatives to youth at risk of joining gangs and to create reintegration opportunities for former members.
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However, Bukele's heavy-handed approach has been the subject of criticism and human rights concerns. Some argue that some actions, such as the use of force and prison conditions for gang members, could be in conflict with international human rights standards.
Despite this, Bukele maintains high popularity among the Salvadoran population, many of whom believe that his policies have contributed to a decrease in crime rates and a general feeling of greater security compared to previous administrations.
This video effectively highlights before the international gaze an excess in the protocols that will surely be used by the opposition to criticize the Bukele government.
What do you think: fair or excessive?
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