According to the National Civil Police (PNC) and the Ministry of Justice, of the 10 days that have passed in April, eight have not recorded any homicides. The figures confirm the relevance of the Holy Week holiday period, which has been described as the safest vacation in the history of El Salvador.
Between April 1 and 10, the police reported eight days with zero homicides. So far this year, there have been a total of 71 days without deaths due to violence on a national scale and 341 days with zero homicides during President Nayib Bukele’s administration.
President Bukele highlighted that April 2022 and this year reflect the fall in homicides as a result of the exceptional regime in effect. He emphasized that April 2023 is the first month that can be compared to the same period last year, which already had the implementation of the exceptional regime. He said that the numbers confirm that security in the country is continuing to improve.
The last two days without murders on a national scale were reported on April 9 and 10. In terms of homicidal figures, specifically on April 9, over the last six years, the deputy of Nuevas Ideas, José Raúl Chamagua, compared 2018 to 2023, which confirms the downward trend in homicides.
“Number of homicides from 2018 to 2023 on April 9 of each year: 2018: 11 homicides; 2019: 3 homicides; 2020: 3 homicides; 2021: 2 homicides; 2022: 1 homicide and 2023: ZERO HOMICIDES. Only a blind or foolish person cannot recognize the security that we have today, a result of a good president like Nayib Bukele,” the deputy tweeted.
“This is a country that cares for the lives of honest Salvadorans, a country that restores peace to its citizens, and where the only thing that matters is that our people feel and live in peace. This was the SAFEST Holy Week vacation in the history of El Salvador,” he added.
According to the Ministry of Security and the Police, last year, April registered 14 days with zero homicides throughout the month. This year, the same month already reports eight days without murders in 10 days. There have only been four homicides throughout the month, one on April 3 and three on April 5.
According to criminologist Ricardo Sosa, the four homicides recorded in April are not linked to gangs or criminal structures.
“The four homicides recorded between April 1 and 10 give us a daily average of 0.4 homicides in the month of April. When we review these four homicides, we realize that they are due to social violence, intolerance, and intra-family violence. The government and the Security Cabinet can do very little when the levels of aggressiveness, violence, and intolerance continue in our society,” Sosa said on Tuesday during the program “Las Cosas Como Son.”
So far this year, there have been a total of 71 days without deaths due to violence on a national scale: 22 in January, 21 in February, 20 in March, and eight in April. President Nayib Bukele’s administration has seen 341 days with zero homicides.
Taking into account these statistics, Ricardo Sosa predicted that the current government will reach a full year of zero homicides between May 10 and 20. “President Nayib Bukele and his Security Cabinet will achieve a full year without homicides between May 10 and 20, 2023, and therefore, the president will present himself to the population on June 1 with a full year without homicides, commemorating four years of his government,”