They entered the building as President Nayib Bukele was about to address lawmakers. Earlier, he gave them seven days to back his loan plan. Opposition politicians called the appearance of armed men in parliament an unprecedented act of intimidation.
H/T: BBC News
“The ostentatious police and military deployment in the Legislative Assembly reminds us of the darkest times in El Salvador’s history and raises international alarm over the future of human rights in the country,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Director for the Americas of Amesty International, in a statement.
“The Salvadoran people do not deserve to relive years of tragedy and state abuses.”
Armed officers accompanied El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele as he stormed the nation's parliament, demanding opposition lawmakers approve his plan for a $109 million loan that he says would be used to better equip military personnel and law enforcement https://t.co/eaYGB8Aw3n— CNN International (@cnni) February 10, 2020
Armed soldiers enter #ElSalvador’s parliament building after lawmakers refused to gather to vote on a $109m loan to better equip the military & police. The proposed bill has increased tensions between President Nayib #Bukele & the opposition pic.twitter.com/rAF3eGM0tb— RT (@RT_com) February 10, 2020
[VIDEO]: Heavily-armed police & soldiers in El Salvador force their way into parliament, demanding the approval of a $109m loan to better equip them. pic.twitter.com/8OWuS1f6dO— The African Voice (@teddyeugene) February 10, 2020
Nayib Bukele, presidente de El Salvador, ha llegado a la Asamblea Nacional rodeado de militares armados para "convencer" a la oposición de que voten a favor de los préstamos que ha acordado con EE.UU. Pero no lo vean, que esto no es Venezuela. pic.twitter.com/Cw5vxsLGuq— PabloMM (@pablom_m) February 10, 2020
Bukele agudiza la crisis inter-burguesa en el Salvador, después de pedir a "dios" procedió a la ocupación militar, C.A no tiene presidentes, la dictadura son los Bancos. Síguenos hoy en #perroamarillotv 6:30 Pm hora de Honduras. pic.twitter.com/ehElxC18Lm— Milton Benítez (@MiltonBeniteztv) February 10, 2020