DSA stands in solidarity with the Salvadoran popular movement, the Salvadoran diaspora, the Salvadoran American youth, and the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) and condemns an alarming power grab by President Nayib Bukele.
On Friday, February 7, Bukele deployed the National Civilian Police and the Armed Forces to occupy the Legislative Assembly in an attempt to force legislators to attend an extraordinary session for the sole purpose of approving a $109 million loan to fund the next phase of his national security plan.
Bukele delivered the order via Twitter alongside threats that legislators who did not attend would “face consequences” for “breaking constitutional order” and incited the public to exercise their constitutional right to popular insurrection if the legislators did not comply. Meanwhile, the Salvadoran Armed Forces tweeted official statements reminding the population that “all our troops have sworn loyalty to the President.”
The Salvadoran people fought a 12 year long civil war from 1980-1992 and won a demilitarization of society as part of the peace settlement. The deployment of the Armed Forces for expressly political aims is a violation of the 1992 Peace Accords that brought an end to El Salvador’s twelve-year civil war and drastically curbed the military’s role in society.
Salvadoran popular organizations have taken to the streets to protest Bukele, who is trampling dangerously on the autonomy of the legislature and threatening an autogolpe, or self-coup, when a seated president seizes power, often with the assistance of the military, and shuts down the legislature.
DSA calls on our congressional representatives to speak out strongly against Bukele’s actions and to cease funding and political support for government and private sector initiatives in El Salvador that promote militarization, privatization, and the exploitation of the country’s lands, natural resources, and working people.
We urge DSA members and others to call their representatives and to do whatever they can to support the social organizations protecting democracy in El Salvador.