Last September 12, El Salvador closed with zero homicides on a national scale. However, there are still external and interfering actors who want El Salvador to return to the past of violence and war.
Nayib Bukele, president of the republic, stated on his Twitter account that «some congressmen from another country want us to return to the past of death and destruction that El Salvador experienced… [but] we continue to show that, without them, we are much better off» .
Democratic senators and congressmen from the United States, such as Bob Menéndez and Patrick Leahy, have attacked the Central Government, the management of the Salvadoran president and the work of the Legislative Assembly, based on information provided by traditional political parties and opposition groups, ignoring voluntarily the results in favor of the Salvadoran population.
Intervening in internal affairs in El Salvador is not a new practice for US officials. On her return to the country, former ambassador Jean Manes criticized the dismissal of the magistrates of the Constitutional Chamber and the attorney general, who were removed from their positions on May 1, 2021, in the first plenary session of the new Assembly Legislative, with the votes of Nuevas Ideas and allied parties such as GANA, PCN, and PDC.
The Assembly argued that the dismissal of the magistrates was due to the sentences and resolutions they issued during the COVID-19 pandemic, which put the lives and health of Salvadorans at risk. In the case of the attorney general, they pointed out his partisan ties to ARENA.
Despite criticism from US government officials for these dismissals, the president of the republic announced that the changes made were «irreversible», and also declared that the country would not return to the past.
«For the voices that still ask us to return to the past. With much respect and love, the changes we are making are irreversible. We are not going back to the past, we are going to the future. We would like you to join us, but if you don’t want to, we understand. Blessings,» the president posted on Twitter on May 12, 2021.
Last Monday, the president also pointed out that there are «some foreign politicians who are unaware of the reality of the country, and still try to dictate what to do» in terms of public security and combating gangs.
International organizations such as Human Rights Watch or Amnesty International have also joined the US attack, and have criticized the exceptional regime requested by President Bukele to combat the maras and gangs.