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Chairman Dr Central American countries El Salvador criticized the FBI after it raided former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence, noting apparent hypocrisy.
“What would the US government say if our police raided the home of one of our potential 2024 presidential contenders?” El Salvador’s president since 2019, Naib Bukele, tweeted Wednesday and shared a TMZ article about it. FBI search of Mar-a-Lago.
In a July report, the US Department of State released a list of about 60 “corrupt and undemocratic actors” in El Salvador, as well as Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua – many of them current or former officials or corporate leaders. Naming individuals responsible for embezzling millions of dollars in public funds and undermining the democratic process.
Bukele was not on the list, but the Department of State named his current Salvadoran presidential press secretary, José Ernesto Sanabria, claiming that Sanabria “used his position and presidential influence to undermine democratic processes or institutions and to improperly pressure officials from opposition political parties to resign under threat of criminal charges.” brought..”
Slate magazine last August described Buchelle as “Latin America’s first millennial dictator.”
The article said the 40-year-old Bukele and his supporters sacked the country’s top lawyers and the Supreme Court before packing both institutions with loyalists to his regime.
Under a months-long extension of the state of emergency, El Salvador’s police and military have rounded up thousands of suspected gang members or associates after eliminating the need for arrest warrants. According to the Associated Press, the government defended the crackdown by targeting a range of criminal organizations that controlled territory and carried out extortion and impunity killings.
But humanitarian groups are criticizing the movement for arbitrarily arresting youths based on where they live in gang territory or what they look like.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.