Barrio 18 News

Gang-Enforced Bus Strike Increases Pressure on El Salvador Govt

Gang-Enforced Bus Strike Increases Pressure on El Salvador Govt

El Salvador’s gangs have reportedly enforced a transportation strike, paralyzing capital city San Salvador as they attempt to push the government into a new round of truce negotiations. Read More

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Barrio 18 (M-18)

Barrio 18 (M-18)

The 18th Street Gang, also known as "Barrio 18" or the "M-18," is one of the largest youth gangs in the Western Hemisphere. Like its better known rival, the Mara Salvatrucha (MS13), the Barrio 18 has cells operating from Central America to Canada, including the United States. With thousands of members across hundreds of kilometers, and interests in a number of different illicit activities, Barrio 18 is one of the more significant emerging criminal threats in the region. Still, it is questionable how far its different units are coordinated across borders, or even within the same city.

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