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Gang strike paralyzes public transport for three days in El Salvador

Friday, September 10, 2010


Public transport in El Salvador has been severely disrupted for three days by a strike ordered by criminal street gangs.

The Mara 18 and Mara Salvatrucha gangs ordered a 72-hour shutdown on Monday in protest at a new law which would make gang membership a criminal offence.

Thousands of troops have been deployed to protect bus drivers and commuters.

Original source: BBC