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Webcast: Honoring Romero: Two Years of Resistance to Bukele’s State of Exception in El Salvador

March 27 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

March 27 marks two years since Nayib Bukele suspended constitutional rights in El Salvador under an emergency measure known as the State of Exception, following a weekend spike in gang homicides. Since then, the measure has been used to arrest over 78,000 people without warrants, including union leaders, student organizers, environmental activists, land defenders and parents of victims who have been outspoken against their children’s disappearance.

Tune into Zoom on Wednesday, March 27 from 3:00-3:30 pm ET (12:00 – 12:30 pm PT) for a panel with popular movement leaders and human rights defenders in El Salvador, journalists, solidarity organizers and human rights advocates about:

  • Fraud during recent elections in El Salvador that allowed Bukele to secure another term – in violation of the constitution
  • How the Bukele regime is using military and police repression to target communities where there is organized resistance
  • How economic exploitation is fuelling a new wave of displacement
  • The Biden administration’s continued demonstrations of political support along with police and military aid to Bukele

The end of March also marks 44 years since U.S.-backed death squads killed Salvadoran archbishop Saint Oscar Arnulfo Romero following his open letter to President Jimmy Carter defending the right of the organized masses to resist their exploitation and questioning U.S. financing of brutal repression by El Salvador’s security forces.

Let’s learn about the relevance of Romero’s legacy in defense of El Salvador’s mass organizations in the 70s given the current situation in El Salvador and the role of international solidarity today! Q&A will follow this 30 minute panel presentation.