Police in El Salvador


Countering El Salvador’s Democratic Backsliding

By Tamara Taraciuk Broner, Noah Bullock

Countries across the region must raise the alarm about the long-term impact of curbing citizens' rights.

For decades, Salvadorans have faced egregious gang violence and successive governments unable or unwilling to ensure safety in people’s everyday lives. No wonder many support President Nayib Bukele when, during his administration, the rates of homicide and extortion have apparently decreased significantly. But neither Bukele, nor his followers at home, nor his growing fan club in the region are willing to seriously debate the price of his policies, whether they are sustainable, and the consequences of dismantling the country’s democratic institutions. March 27 is the one-year... 

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