Life inside Nayib Bukele's mega prison in El Salvador | International

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This Friday the Government of El Salvador opened the doors of the Terrorism Confinement Center to a group of journalists. This is the first visit allowed to the facilities, which have become the flagship of Nayib Bukele's strategy against gangs.

The prison is located 74 kilometers from San Salvador, surrounded by a concrete wall 11 meters high and 2.1 km long, with no telephone signal and only one entrance road.

The center was designed to house up to 12,000 prisoners. But in El Salvador's prisons, more than 90% of pardons remain held without a final sentence, a situation that has been criticized by human rights groups. The lack of recreational activities for prisoners and the random arrest of civilians have also been noted as violations of due process.

Inside the prison, inmates are not allowed to speak without authorization. The center also has punishment cells, dark and with nothing inside.

Outside of this unprecedented visit, the inmates only have contact with the guards, who prefer to keep their identity secret for security reasons. The entry of relatives of the detainees is not allowed.

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