El Salvador gang leaders seek talks with government over violence

January 28, 2015 4:12 AM

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SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - Leaders of El Salvador's main street gangs on Tuesday urged the government to begin a dialogue to reduce violence and tone down its tough stance against their members after the vice president said police could open fire on them if necessary.

Violence in El Salvador has jumped over the past year after a 2012 truce between the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and rival gang Barrio 18 started to unravel, and last Wednesday Vice President Oscar Ortiz said police should respond with force "without any fear of suffering consequences" if threatened by...

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