WATCH! El Salvador mega prison receives second huge wave of gang members as president cracks down, slams critics

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A mega-prison in El Salvador brought in a second wave of suspected gang members who will now serve out their sentences in the notorious facility that has been criticised over its ‘severe conditions.’

The second group of 2,000 inmates were moved today amid tight security to the new Izalco prison, the largest mega-prison in the Americas, which was built to accommodate more than 40,000 gangsters.

Footage shows the heavily tattooed and barefoot men, dressed only in white shorts, being hurriedly moved around with their heads bowed and hands cuffed behind their backs.

El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele has been very active on social media, posting videos showing the thousands of tattooed gang members being marched into the new high-security prison, which has been described as “impossible to escape.”

“This day, in a new operation, we transferred the second group of 2,000 gang members to the Center for the Confinement of Terrorism (CECOT). With this, there are already 4,000 gang members who inhabit the most criticized prison in the world,” Bukele tweeted on Wednesday.


In a video shard by the president’s press secretary, the inside of the prison is seen.  The shackled, tattooed gang members are led into a group cell that contains 4-tiered metal bunk beds, with no mattresses.

“The Government of the President @nayibbukele has been the only one that has combated crime in El Salvador. Thanks to security strategies, gang members have been captured and locked up in the Terrorism Confinement Center,” the tweet reads, according to a translation tool.

DW Espanol also shared a video of the new arrivals, and wrote: “El Salvador transfers 2,000 more prisoners to a mega-prison. It is a prison with a capacity for 40,000 people. The Bukele government built it to intern the more than 65,000 alleged gang members detained under the current emergency regime.”

The news outlet EL PAÍS América shared a video of the gang members being moved into the prison, and tweeted in criticism, “Barefoot, bare-chested, bent over and handcuffed. Once again, the Government of Nayib Bukele has carried out the transfer of prisoners to the maximum security super prison in El Salvador under these conditions.”

Bukele fired back, “Bare-chested? Are they saying that the evil dictatorship doesn’t put tuxedos on the prisoners?

“Barefoot? Right now we are taking out of the children’s hospital budget to buy them shoes! What brand do you think would be good?”

The president’s press secretary shared another video of the shackled prisoners and tweeted, “The ranfleros and gang members transferred to the Terrorism Confinement Center (CECOT) will never again generate anxiety in the population with their crimes, thanks to the strategic security actions of the President’s Government.”

The press secretary announced in another Twitter post, “Under the Government of the President @nayibbukele, the authorities have retaken control of the prison system. Gone is the time when gangs planned crimes from prisons, which are now places where they pay for their crimes.”

President Bukele is pushing back against the backlash he has received from some who claim his new prison for the gang members is too harsh.

“How many more decades, filled with tens of thousands of deaths, should Salvadorans have endured, for the recipes of NGOs and the “international community” to begin to work?,” Bukele asked in a Twitter post last month.

“The United States Government is putting PROVEN INNOCENTS in jail and is, at the same time, concerned about us putting PROVEN CRIMINALS in jail 🤷🏻‍♂️,” Bukele tweeted in disdain.

“He who spares the wolf sacrifices the sheep,” he wrote in another post.

In a fiery speech earlier this week, Bukele lashed out at those criticizing him for putting the gang members in prison.

“Where were you when the gangs were killing our children?” he demanded.

“Where did they get this sudden love for El Salvador? If up until recently they couldn’t find it on a map. All of a sudden, they have grown concerned… where were they before?”

Bukele has also fired back at criticism from Columbia’s president, Gustavo Petro, a former guerrilla fighter who became president of Colombia in 2022.

Petro tweeted last week, “Better than making government pacts under the table is that justice can make them on the table without deceit and in search of Peace.”

Bukele fired back, “Agree. First he accuses of inhumane treatment and now they speak of “better conditions.”  Also, I don’t understand your obsession with El Salvador. Isn’t your son the one who makes pacts under the table and also for money?”

Sharing a media report, Bukele tweeted, “The main opposition newspaper published today their brand new poll. It gives us a 91% approval rating (with only 6% disapproval). I wonder what the real approval rating is, if the opposition is saying 91% 😂.”

Just last month, Bukele had announced the first group of 2,000 gang members being sent to the prison.

“Today at dawn, in a single operation, we transferred the first 2,000 gang members to the Center for the Confinement of Terrorism (CECOT). This will be their new home, where they won’t be able to do any more harm to the population,” he wrote on Twitter.

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  1. President Bukele should be the president of the entire continent of the Americas. Unlike the USA, This is a man with Balls!
    All we seem to be concerned is Trans rights, LGBTQ rights, etc. as our country falls to criminals.
    We should have a prison like this one not only for criminals but district attorneys throughout the USA allowing criminals to flourish.

  2. Good for President Bukele! Obviously, he is sick and tired of crooked unsafe environment that these criminals are bestowing on his country!

  3. As it should be. No chance of recidivism as it is here with these Soros-owned DAs. That is where the criminals belong — not out on the street to kill or rob yet again! Safe streets, what a concept!! You go Bukele!

  4. I’ve seen liberal group complaining about him and that prison. It’s so easy when you don’t live in his country experiencing what the citizens are experiencing.

  5. Good for him! Maybe it will scare the gang members to rethink that they can do whatever they want without consequences.

  6. severe conditions 🤔 considering what the scum has done and what they’re capable of the conditions are great. these boo hooers are what’s caused our prisons to be daycare centers for the worst criminals. they get free everything. priss are woke and it’s 🐂💩. prisoners run the prisons. we need to tighten up and be more like el salvador


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