Residents of some communities and neighborhoods in San Salvador, La Libertad, and La Paz, where several groups of soldiers remain 24 hours a day as part of the 50 military fences ordered by President Nayib Bukele as a security measure during the implementation of the emergency regime.
«It would be a good idea for them to stay permanently in these places, so one can even more confidently enter and leave the neighborhood» said Ana Hernández, a resident of the 22 de Abril neighborhood, in Soyapango.
She added that since March 27, the start date of this measure, she has noticed a reduction in criminal activity in the area.
«The truth is that he has been calm, since the president asked the Assembly to approve the security measures. It really has been a successful measure, said Hernández.
The same atmosphere of tranquility is claimed by the residents of the Montelimar neighborhood, in the municipality of Olocuilta, in La Paz.
«It’s a bit tedious going in and out of the colony, but we need to be safe. Every time one enters or leaves, we are searched, but it is better to waste a few seconds on that than to have to mourn the death of a loved one» — said Pablo Ramírez.
The soldiers installed in the fences ask the locals for the DUI and the address where they are going. Also, if they carry bags, bags, or purses, the soldiers proceed to check them.
For the people who enter or leave the communities and neighborhoods in vehicles, the military requests, apart from the DUI, all the documentation of the vehicle and checks the trunks and compartments in which they can store any item.
In a colony stained by MS, the El Pino community, in Santa Tecla, in La Libertad, the soldiers remain at both entrances to the town. «The soldiers should stay here. We need to make our community safer and with them here these days, we have achieved that. It really was what was needed, «said Blanca Flores, a resident of the place.
On April 6, Defense Minister René Francis Merino Monroy reported, during a television interview, that they are already preparing more than 1,000 new soldiers who will take part in the tasks of the Territorial Control Plan in the next three months.
«Since April 1, 1,400 new soldiers have begun their training and will be incorporated into the activities of the Territorial Control Plan in three months» the minister assured.