César Milani, former head of the Armed Forces (FFAA) during the administration of Cristina Kirchner, spoke on Monday about the need to give “a coup d’état” with the federal forces to solve the problem of drug trafficking in Rosario. In this sense, he proposed “doing something similar” to the criminal policy against gangs carried out by the president of El Salvador, Nayib Burkele, and send detained drug traffickers to large jails in “uninhabited places”.
in dialogue with Radio 10The ex-soldier stated that “you have to do something like El Salvador”, referring to the Center for the Confinement of Terrorism, the mega-prison built by the government of Nayib Bukele in the Central American country. In this regard, he affirmed that those convicted of drug trafficking must be “taken out and put in isolated places.”
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“Regardless of other economic and political issues of The SaviorI believe that here it is necessary to conform very important prisons, large and separated from large urban centersin the south, in unpopulated places, in such a way as to be able to take all these people who are mixed with common criminals, who can use cell phones and manage their subordinates. We have to take them out and put them in isolated places“, he stated.
And I add: “This is a danger that will continue to spread. It is a very big topic that if it continues to grow it will explode. Now we are making big statements like asking Messi make a campaign. He security minister that says we lost the war. Of course the narcos get emboldened.”
In addition, he highlighted the difference between the drug dealers and “common criminals”. “The constitutional guarantees are for all the inhabitants and the criminals who commit crimes. When there are gangs and armed organizations with a lot of economic and political power behind them, Wouldn’t we have to think about reforming some issues related to constitutional guarantees? They are not the same as a common criminal,” he added.
“It is a very big issue that will continue to grow and if we leave it, it will explode badly. you have to build one jail where we can put a thousand or two thousand isolated prisoners. This is cancer,” he said.
Milani’s criticism of Bullrich and Larreta’s proposals for being “electoralists”
The former head of the armed forces referred to the proposal of the president of the PRO, Patricia Bullrich, which contemplated the direct intervention of the Army in the fight against drug trafficking. In this regard, he mentioned that “it is outrageous”, since “The armed forces are not trained, equipped, or instructed to be able to act against drug trafficking”.
“Unfortunately, I have to tell all citizens that do not be fooled by these electoral questions. They can neither because of the Defense Law nor because of the Internal Security Law, but neither because of a matter of criteria and logic. Imagine what it would be put the armed forces, who have lethal equipment, such as rifles, cannons and tanks, in an urban center. What are we talking about?” she questioned.
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In that line, questioned the candidate, accusing her of “making the population believe that the Armed Forces can act effectively against drug trafficking.” “Unfortunately, characters like Patricia Bullrich have been talking about this topic for quite some time with an absolutely electoralist, mediatic sense“, he accused.
And he added: “Unfortunately, these are the leaders that the opposition proposes as pre-candidates for the Presidency. Bullrich is ignorant, improvised, but also malicious, because this hits people, who believe that this can be effective. Only the armed forces could collaborate, and in this I disagree with the President and with Scioli, reinforcing the northern border in the custody of strategic objectives, in such a way as to be able to detach federal forces, from the Gendarmerie, Prefecture and Federal Police”.
He also criticized the Buenos Aires head of government, Horacio Rodriguez Larreta, who proposed the same thing as the PRO presidential candidate. “It is another of the improvised and ignorant on the subject. Gendarmerie would not enter the neighborhoods, they should fence off the areas to delimit the territory. The provincial police must enter inside. Larreta is also doing this in an electoral and media way,” he said.
According to Milanifirst it is necessary “regain control over the territory”. Once this is achieved, “we can enter with the police of the provinces suitably purged.”
“You have to go house to house in an operation that can last six months or two years, but get them out of houses and dens. But for that you have to control the territory. For that, people need to see that there are federal forces, which have to be the Gendarmerie, the Prefecture, the Police Federal, not the Army or the Armed Forces in the action zones,” he said.
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Along these lines, the former chief of the armed forces maintained that “a very strong effect is needed in urban centers like Rosario and Greater Buenos Aires”. In this regard, he explained that “a very strong blow means putting in three thousand, four thousand gendarmes and regaining control of the territory.”
“Yesterday they killed a boy 11 years old, there are deaths every day, but not only in Rosario, in Greater Buenos Aires there are areas where the issue is quite complicated. It takes a very strong effect blow, placing thousands of gendarmes in urban centers controlled by drug gangs, in such a way that people feel the presence of the State. Then we will go in with the police to chase the drug dealer house to house,” he explained.
Hundreds of soldiers and “punishment cells”: how is the mega-prison in El Salvador to which Milani referred
He Terrorism Containment Center, the name given to the Salvadoran mega-prison, was built in an isolated rural area near Tecoluca, 74 kilometers southeast of San Salvador. The establishment, which It is the “largest prison in America”has capacity for 40 thousand gang members.
The prison is built on a 166-hectare property and has a dozen pavilions that occupy 23 hectares, explained the Minister of Public Works, Romeo Rodríguez, on a national radio and television network. According to Burkeleit is “a gigantic work carried out in just 7 months, and which also is a fundamental piece to completely win the war against gangs“.
The prison has a 2.1 kilometer perimeter wall, which is guarded day and night by 600 soldiers and 250 policemen. Inside, security is in charge of guards from the General Directorate of Penal Centers. From the salvadoran government They warned that “inmates will have to work in that prison.”
The cells are made of reinforced concrete and have thick steel bars. The prison has its own wells to extract drinking water. In addition, the entire prison has a surveillance system with video circuits and scanner for the review of those who enter.
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Added to this, in each pavilion there are dark and windowless “punishment cells” that are used with misconduct gang members.
In this new prison, the members of the gangs MS-13 and Barrio 18, born in the streets of the US city of Los Angeles in the early 1980s, will be housed. The main activities of these groups consist of extortion of individuals and businesses, hitmen and drug sales.
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