Thousands of tattooed inmates pictured in El Salvador mega-prison

The first group of 2,000 suspected gang members in El Salvador have been moved to a huge new prison, the centrepiece of President Nayib Bukele’s self-declared war on crime.

Tens of thousands of suspected gangsters have been rounded up in the country under a state of emergency following a spike in murders and other violent crime.

The jail will eventually hold more than 40,000 people. Pictures show the first massive group of inmates – tattooed and barefoot – being led to the facility in shackles.

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