On 17 August 2022, legislators extended for an additional 30 days the current state of emergency that was enacted to counter gang violence. The extension was passed with the support of 66 of the 84 congressional members. The legislation — which has been renewed five times since it was first imposed in March 2022 — allows the government to prohibit certain public gatherings, make arrests without warrants, and intercept correspondence and telecommunications. Since its initial declaration, more than 50,000 people in the country have been arrested for alleged gang involvement.