Gang strike paralyses El Salvador
9 September 2010 Last updated at 22:15 BST
Public transport in El Salvador has been severely disrupted for three days by a strike ordered by criminal street gangs.
The Mara 18 and Mara Salvatrucha gangs ordered a 72-hour shutdown on Monday in protest at a new law which would make gang membership a criminal offence.
Thousands of troops have been deployed to protect bus drivers and commuters.
The anti-gang law was introduced in July after gang members set fire to a bus, killing 17 people.
David Campanale reports.