Colombia Ex-Guerrilla President Starts Feud with El Salvador, Calling Gang Mega-Prison a ‘Concentration Camp’

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Colombian far-left President Gustavo Petro and Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele clashed on Wednesday after Petro, a former member of a Marxist terror guerrilla, called Bukele’s “mega prison” for alleged gang members a “concentration camp.”

Bukele announced on Friday that the first 2,000 inmates had been transferred to the country’s new 40,000-bed Center for the Confinement of Terrorism (CECOT) “mega prison” as part of El Salvador’s crackdown on the country’s rampant gang violence, one of the country’s longest standing issues that gave El Salvador the dubious distinction of being one of Latin America’s most dangerous countries.

The verbal skirmish between Nayib Bukele and Gustavo Petro began after Petro criticized the new Salvadoran prison facility in a Wednesday speech during the inauguration of a new University in Bogotá.

“The terrible photos – I can’t go into other countries – of the concentration camp in El Salvador, full of thousands and thousands of young people imprisoned, it makes one shudder,” Petro said. “I think there are people who undoubtedly like that, to see the youth in jails and believe that this is security, popularity soars. Undoubtedly, we also experienced this in Colombia.”


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