A strong security device, composed of military and police, was deployed at the headquarters of the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador, where an activity convened by President Nayib Bukele will be held this Sunday.
The military and police of different divisions, among them of the Unit of the Maintenance of the Order (UMO), surround the headquarters of the Congress, as Efe found, where the event that is scheduled to begin at 3 pm local time will take place ( 21.00 GMT).
In addition, videos circulate on social networks that show at least two snipers that are installed in one of the buildings of the Ministry of Education (Mined), near the place of activity.
The director of the National Civil Police (PNC), Mauricio Arriaza Chicas, who did not give statements to the press has also arrived at the Legislative Assembly.
Bukele called on citizens to come to the country’s Congress to pressure and demand the approval of a loan for $ 109 million to fund a security plan against gangs.
The president also ordered the deputies to present themselves to the Legislative body to discuss and approve said loan that was granted by the Central American Bank for Economic Integration and that has not been approved because, according to the deputies, the Executive has not detailed in what it will be occupied the money.
According to various local media, the deputies Juan José Martell and Reynaldo Cardoza, of the Democratic Change Party (CD) and of the National Concertation Party (PCN), respectively, have been the only ones, so far, that have been submitted to the Legislative body .
ARMED FORCE AND POLICE TO THE PRESIDENT’S ORDERS
On Friday night, the head of the Ministry of Defense, René Merino, reiterated the support of the Armed Forces to the president and said that the military institution “will comply with the law, even at the cost of our lives.”
“We are waiting for orders from our general commander and are willing to defend our homeland even at the cost of our lives,” Merino said during a press conference.
For his part, the Minister of Security, Rogelio Rivas, said that the National Civil Police “awaits instructions from the president before the refusal of the deputies to attend the constitutional call of the Council of Ministers.”
The Foundation of Studies for the Application of Law (Fespad) published on its Twitter account a video in which PNC agents are seen preventing a team from the Telecorporación Salvadoreña (TCS) television network from developing their work.
Given this situation, the Association of Journalists of El Salvador (Apes) called on government authorities and public security forces to “respect the journalistic exercise” and condemned “this type of restrictions on press freedom”, referring to the video posted by Fespad.