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In El Salvador, the President Cracks Down on Civil Liberties

TONACATEPEQUE, El Salvador — It has been four weeks since the shoemaker vanished from his hometown, hauled away in handcuffs by Salvadoran police.

The family of the man, Heber Peña, 29, has gathered business receipts and signatures from clients to prove he makes his money honestly. They fear he is now stuck in an overcrowded prison, accused of being a gang member.

Even so, the cobbler’s family still sees the benefits of the police crackdown that led to his arrest — and admires the leader behind it: President Nayib Bukele.

“Apart from this,” said Caleb Peña, Heber’s brother, “everything the president has done is magnificent.”

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