Bukele accuses opposition deputies of curbing the fight against gangs for their ties to them

The opposition announces “national and international actions to defend democracy” in El Salvador


The president of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, on Monday accused the opposition deputies of blocking the funds to finance the next phase of his Territorial Control Plan, with which he seeks to defeat the gangs, for their alleged links with them, in the framework of the escalation of tension in the country.

“They do not condemn that the deputies have kidnapped the funds of the security, while they finance gangs and lend them shooting ranges to train them to kill the Salvadorans,” he said in a series of Twitter messages.

Bukele accuses opposition deputies of curbing the fight against gangs for their ties to them
Bukele accuses opposition deputies of curbing the fight against gangs for their ties to them

Instead, he has reproached them, “they condemn yesterday's act, when not a single glass was broken, nor a single wall was stained.” “In yesterday's event there was not even a hit, much less a shot or a broken piece of furniture,” he emphasized.

Bukele has denounced that, “sadly”, in El Salvador “there have always been first and second class citizens.” “They made us the most dangerous country in the world” leaving “tens of thousands of Salvadorans killed” with “weapons bought with money that came out of political parties,” he illustrated.

The Salvadoran president has estimated that “the saddest thing is that many of those who defend them do not enjoy these privileges, they do not have escorts, and they have probably even been victims of crime that the deputies do not want to fight,” but “they are so used to it. to defend the boss that they don't even realize. ”

In this regard, he wanted to emphasize that the deputies spent twelve hours without bodyguards “and even called for international intervention for that 'very serious violation of their rights'”. “And 99 percent of Salvadorans, who don't have bodyguards? (…) Why don't they deserve security?”

Despite this “hypocrisy,” Bukele has trusted that “in the end, when the waters calm down – like everything else – it will be clear who we are fighting for the people and who is not,” since, “on the contrary, they finance criminals, while blocking funds for our police and our soldiers and to protect Salvadorans. ”


El Salvador has in recent days entered into an unprecedented political crisis due to the pulse between Bukele and the Legislative Assembly, controlled by the opposition, on account of the Government's plan against gangs.

Bukele, who came to office on June 1, has launched a Territorial Control Plan to be developed in three phases with a cost of more than 575 million dollars. Now he was about to start the third phase, aimed at “modernizing” the Armed Forces and the Police, for which he needed Congress to give the green light to a loan of 109 million dollars preconceded by the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) ).

The deputies refused in a vote held on Thursday. After that, Bukele convened for the following Sunday an extraordinary session of the Legislative Assembly making use of a constitutional article devised for “when the interests of the Republic merit it.” Congress considered that the urgency was not such, so the opposition advanced that it would not go.

On Sunday, police and military went to look for their deputies, despite which many refused to go to the Legislative Assembly. The session was held with only about twenty deputies and the presence of security forces, heavily armed, inside and outside the Congress. “I asked God and he said: 'Patience,'” Bukele told his followers. “If these scoundrels do not approve the Territorial Control Plan, we will summon them again on Sunday … We will give them another week,” he said.

“Militarization within the Legislative Assembly is not worth it. I think that should not happen again,” said the attorney general, Raul Melara, in an interview with Frente a Frente.

Melara has adopted a conciliatory tone with which she has urged the parties, Government and opposition, to “put aside any ego they have and see what is best for the country.” “Consensus must be reached and there must be respect among State bodies,” he has claimed.


For its part, the conservative ARENA party, the first congressional force, with 37 of 84 seats, has condemned the “militarization” of the legislative headquarters and has demanded Bukele “immediately dismantle the self-coup process.”

ARENA, which initially approved the CABEI loan but backed down at the last minute claiming that it needed more time to study it, has ensured that it is still “open” to its “eventual approval” but “without weapons.”

“We all want the security of the country and we are working on that,” he said in a statement in which he has advanced that he will take “national and international actions to defend democracy and the constitutional order.”

“We guarantee the Salvadoran people that we will act sensibly, responsibly, in dialogue and attached to the rule of law to solve this difficult moment,” the Nationalist Republican Alliance has promised.

The Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN), the other great opposition force, with 23 seats, has denounced Bukele for a crime of sedition that is already being analyzed by the Prosecutor's Office, as confirmed by Melara.

Meanwhile, the president of the Legislative Assembly, Mario Ponce, has suspended “until further notice” the extraordinary session on Monday. “The deputies are offended, so they will punish the people by not approving the funds they promised to approve today. Again they lied,” Bukele snapped.

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