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Report: U.S.-Backed Salvadoran Police Forces Involved in Extrajudicial Killings

HeadlineMay 31, 2018

CNN is reporting the United States has quietly funded and equipped elite paramilitary police officers in El Salvador who are accused of illegally executing gang members. One U.S.-backed police unit killed 43 alleged gang members in the first six months of last year. The U.S. funding came as part of the “Mano Dura,” or Firm Hand, program, which began in 2003 and was expanded by President Obama in 2014.

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