February 29, 2020
The Creeperian government officially revealed that Alexander Enrique Ramírez Umaña, the hated leader of the criminal gang known as Mara Salvatrucha, was captured in a DINA raid on February 3, 2020. The announcement brought joy to Creeperans across the country as the gang has been responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths of innocent Creeperans. The deadly ongoing Mara War is a constant reminder of the violence the gang is responsible of.
A public execution was scheduled for February 29, 2020, the day following his capture. The date was decided as a way to deny members of Mara Salvatrucha a yearly day of remembrance of their leader's execution, as the next February 29 would fall in 2024. Alexander Ramírez Umaña was sentenced to death in absentia in 1999 on the following charges:
Leading a criminal organization Drug trafficking Robbery Larceny Human trafficking Extortion Murder Money laundering Prostitution Racketeering Battery Kidnapping Arms trafficking Waging war on the Empire Waging war on God
An estimated 1.2 million angry Creeperans from San Salvador arrived at the San Salvador Imperial Palace where the public execution was scheduled. Ramírez Umaña was originally scheduled to be executed by hanging, but Emperor Alexander II overruled the method and instead opted for an execution via firing squad. He cited "good behavior and cooperation while in captivity" as the reasoning for handing down a more merciful execution. Alexander Ramírez Umaña was executed via firing squad at 4:13pm SST.
In preparation for expected gang violence in the wake of the announcement and execution, 190,000 soldiers were deployed to combat any gang protests or riots. As expected, gang members began inciting violence. An estimated 114 people have already died in the hour following the execution as a direct connection to gang violence.
Gustavo Duarte Carpio, leader of the Militarist Nationalist Front (FRENAMI, Sombra Negra), applauded the execution and congratulated the Creeperian government on delivering justice to the people of Creeperopolis. After the announcement, FRENAMI burned a Deltinian village, killed 17 villagers, and kidnapped 4 children to train them to be child soldiers within the ranks of the Sombra Negra. Duarte Carpio assured the government that the FALANGE would be able to complete the extermination of the Deltinians soon.
Mara Salvatrucha named Román Saavedra Saelices as its new leader. Saavedra Saelices vowed to topple the monarchy.
In other news from across the Empire, 5 atheists were beheaded in San Miguel by villagers as a celebration for the execution of the leader of Mara Salvatrucha. A new sugar processing factory was opened by the National Coffee and Sugar Corporation in San Romero. Frederick Schuessler III issued death sentences to two captured Deltinian terrorists in Senvar.