The solid security plan of the government of President Nayib Bukele, through the Territorial Control Plan (PCT), prevented any city in El Salvador from appearing on the list of the most violent cities in 2021, prepared by the Citizen Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice A.C, of Mexico.
The 2021 ranking includes 18 cities from Mexico, 11 from Brazil, 7 from the United States, 4 from South Africa, 4 from Colombia, 2 from Honduras, and one each from Puerto Rico, Haiti, Ecuador, and Jamaica.
«The top 10 most violent cities in the world are in Mexico, the United States, and Jamaica. El Salvador no longer has ONE», reacted the deputy for Nuevas Ideas, Christian Guevara.
From the first month of the Bukele administration, crimes decreased; June 2019 closed with 217 murders, 68 fewer homicides than a month earlier, when Salvador Sánchez Cerén was still in power. Homicides were reduced to an average of five per day, and to date, month after month, there has been a sustained drop in crimes.
«We came from being the most violent country in the world, and now we are not even close to those numbers; we are not even in the top 10,» the Salvadoran president once said.
The strategy to safeguard the lives of Salvadorans in the Bukele administration caused El Salvador to leave that list in 2021, where it had remained since 1994 with the ARENA governments until mid-2019 in the FMLN administration.
In 1994, the homicide rate per 100,000 inhabitants in El Salvador was 138.17, earning the country the dishonorable title of «the most violent nation in the world» according to an international ranking. At the time, the country was under the administration of ARENA. The escalation of homicidal violence caused the country to reach position one, where it remained until the year 2000.
In 2003, El Salvador fell back to third place, and in 2004, it returned to first place until 2008. That year, it dropped only one scale, and from 2009 to 2014, it kept fluctuating between fifth and first place.
The country returned to the top of the list in 2015 until mid-2019, but from 2019 to 2020 it fell resoundingly to box 17, until 2021 when it left the ranking due to the work of President Bukele.