El Salvador destroys gang members’ tombstones


              A police officer remains on guard in one of the areas of the Nueva San Salvador Cemetery, during the celebrations of the Day of the Dead in Santa Tecla, El Salvador, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022. El Salvador's government took its efforts against the country's powerful street gangs to another level by sending inmates into cemeteries to destroy the tombs of gang members at a time of year when families typically visit their loved ones' graves. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)
            
              General view of the Nueva San Salvador Cemetery, with the San Salvador volcano in the background, during the Day of the Dead celebrations in Santa Tecla, El Salvador, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022. Santa Tecla Mayor Henry Flores said the crews had destroyed nearly 80 tombstones in the municipal cemetery and erased gang-related graffiti. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)
            
              A woman places flowers at the tomb of her relative, next to one of the graves of a gang member whose tombstone was destroyed on the order of the government, during the Day of the Dead at the Nueva San Salvador Cemetery, in Santa Tecla, El Salvador, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022. Santa Tecla Mayor Henry Flores said the crews had destroyed nearly 80 tombstones in the municipal cemetery and erased gang-related graffiti. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)
            
              A couple walks next to one of the graves of gang members whose tombstone was destroyed on order of the government, during the Day of the Dead at the Nueva San Salvador Cemetery, in Santa Tecla, El Salvador, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022. Santa Tecla Mayor Henry Flores said the crews had destroyed nearly 80 tombstones in the municipal cemetery and erased gang-related graffiti. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)
El Salvador destroys gang members’ tombstones