Salvador Sánchez Cerén
The arrest of 18 people for allegedly committing crimes while they helped negotiate the last truce in 2012 appears to rule out any alternative to the government’s “iron fist” approach to the country’s brutal criminal gangs.
The government has declared a state of emergency in seven prisons and is expected to mobilize the army to fight the gangs in some areas.
The number of murders in the first two months of this year was more than double the number in the same period of 2015.
Four people including a bus driver were killed on Wednesday in the latest attack against El Salvador's bus system after a country-wide stoppage ordered by the 18th Street gang.
After the dismantling of the gang truce in El Salvador last year, violent crime has risen steadily. May saw 635 killings, a 32 percent increase over March, the previous deadliest month.