Friday, April 11, 2014

Constitutional Chamber approves troops in the streets

The Constitutional Chamber of El Salvador's Supreme Court ruled today that the use of the armed forces to support activities of the national civilian police is constitutional.   A citizen had filed a challenge to the use of troops to patrol crime-ridden areas of the country, a practice begun under president Tony Saca and continued by Mauricio Funes.   The challenge asserted that this violated the provisions of El Salvador's constitution, added after the 1992 Peace Accords, which were to return the army to its barracks and limit its role in domestic security.

In its ruling the Constitutional Chamber found that the executive decree authorizing the use of the troops was justified by the exceptional situation of criminality and insecurity in which citizens of the county find themselves.  


Lawrence M. Ladutke said...

Correction: Started under Calderon Sol! It would be exceptional for there NOT to be troops on the streets.

Dylan J.C. Buffum said...

Where I lived, right on Rio Sumpul, the military was stationed for border control. I was only stopped once, right after there had been a changeover in leadership at that station. During my two years there they did make several arrests for smuggling, both lawful goods and smuggling. But for the most part they just manned a checkpoint, and drove around looking intimidating.