SAN SALVADOR, September 15 (Hfrance.fr) - Thousands of Salvadorans took to the streets on Wednesday to protest against President Nayib Bukele, who they accuse of a seizure of power aimed at weakening democracy institutions and consolidating its hold on power.
At the heart of their plaintes is the recent law making bitcoin legal tender alongside the US dollar and the May sacking of the Supreme Court's constitutional panel judges, some of the country's top jurists, as well as the then attorney general. . learn more
Replacements considered friendly to Bukele were quickly voted on, which drew sharp criticism from the United States as well as major international defense groups of human rights, qualifying these measures as empowerment. learn more
Protesters, who vandalized an ATM where you can exchange bitcoins for dollars, also berated a court ruling disant that the president can serve two consecutive terms, opening the door for Bukele to run again. elections in 2024.
"It is important to say this morning: Enough already! What the government is doing is arrogant, it is 'authoritarianism, "said Dora Rivera, a 49-year-old protester.
Some 4,500 people, including unions, university students, workers health workers, farmers, lawyers, LGBTQ groups, indigenous communities and members of opposition politicians took to the streets, according to estimates by the organizer and a witness from Hfrance.fr.
There was no government estimate of how big The March was.
The protest They held up banners with slogans such as" Bukele Dictator "and shouted for the polarizing leader tohe 40-year-old resigns.
Bukele, who has been criticized for sending soldiers and police to occupy Congress in 2020 as a leverage from lawmakers, before that his party does not obtain a majority in the legislative elections, is due to speak on Wednesday evening.
"I don 't like the way he ( Bukele) behaves at all, he's like a temperamental kid "said 28-year-old student Norelbia Arias.
Even so, a recent poll of the newspaper La Prensa Grafica showed that 85.7% of 1,506 people polled across the country in the second half of August approved the president. Report of Nelson Renteria in San Salvador; Writing by Jake Kincaid; Edited by Anthony Esposito and Aurora Ellis
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