Chris Roberts, American Renaissance, August 6, 2017
MS-13 is in the news quite often these days, thanks to President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions frequently (and rightly) invoking them as a prime example for the need of immigration restriction. No matter who writes about MS-13, their unique penchant for horrific violence is always highlighted.
A Canadian paper (yes, MS-13 is in Canada now too) in 2008 noted:
They are known to be extremely violent and seem to go out of their way to commit the kinds of atrocities that will get them noticed by police and the press . . . Like all gangs, guns and knives are part of their repertoire. But unlike the other groups, the machete has become a particularly nasty symbol of their intentions and they’ve used them frequently to commit a host of atrocities.
Earlier this year, an Australian website wrote, “the gang is known for its barbaric fighting, contract killing, drug trafficking, gang rape, people smuggling and desire to be known as number one for most murders.”
That same website also casually mentioned the origins of the gang:
Salvadorean refugees from the country’s bloody civil 12-year war, which ended in 1992 with a death toll of 100,000, formed the gang.
Between one and two million refugees emigrated to the US, with many gathering in the central LA neighbourhood of Pico Union.
They were not welcomed by the local Mexican-American gang M18, and formed Mara Saklvatrucha for solidarity and protection.
The gang’s name is said to come from the Salvatrucha guerillas who fought in the civil war, and the slang word for gang taken from the marabunta, a fierce type of ant.
The MS-13 members below are mostly prisoners in El Salvador — thank God — but their appearance and demeanor certainly reinforce what you read about them.