Thousands of Salvadorans denounce ‘authoritarian drift’

(San Salvador) Thousands of people demonstrated in San Salvador Sunday against corruption and what they see as an authoritarian aberration in the country, days after the United States imposed sanctions on an aide to the president, Vice Bukele.

“As a country, we are tired of public servants misusing the people’s resources,” lawyer Eduardo Alvarenga, 37, who held a sign calling for an end to corruption, said during the rally in the city. Contact from several organizations.

On Thursday, the United States imposed economic sanctions on Carolina Recinos, chief of staff of Najib Bukele’s office, for alleged “corruption”. President Bukele described the accusations as “ridiculous”.

After the demonstration, which went out without incident, he attacked the US government.

American taxpayers should know that their government is using their money to fund communist movements against a democratically elected government […] in El Salvador,” Bukele wrote on Twitter.

Former judges and judges also took part in the protest, demanding respect for the separation of powers after the ruling party-dominated Congress sacked Supreme Court judges in May, then elderly judges over 60.

“Today we march as judges to defend the constitution and the rule of law,” said former judge Jorge Guzmán, who resigned in solidarity with his sacked colleagues.

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