Since early morning, social media users have used #ElDomingoMarchamos to report checkpoints and vehicle control on major roads connecting to San Salvador. The Palestinian National Council also arrested two citizens.
At about 8:00 AM, the concentration of civilians began in front of Cuscatlán Park in San Salvador. Various social and collective organizations intend to march towards the civic square in the center of the capital, with the aim of denouncing the anti-democratic actions of President Neb Pockel.
Representatives of 34 agglomerated organizations in the Popular Resistance Bloc called on the population to join the march on Sunday, October 17, to express their deep rejection of the decisions of the authoritarian President of the Republic.
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Also participating in the rally is the trade union, MPR12, textile unions, ex-combatants and others, who have come to Cuscatlán Park to go to the historic center of San Salvador. Sonia Urrutia, a representative of the bloc, said during a press conference held a few days ago, that the aim of this march is to express “the rejection and condemnation of the undemocratic Bukele regime, as it is against the personality that is drowning the country.”
The Independent Judges Syndicate also joined the rally this Sunday, protesting the blow to the independence of the judiciary in the face of the Bukele government’s actions.
Judge Antonio Duran participated in the march and reiterated his rejection of the ruling, promoted by the ruling party, to retire judges over 60 years of age. “We also oppose the transfer and dismantling of some key courts, such as Criminal Chamber I, Criminal Chamber II, and Chamber of the Environment, as well as other arbitrary transfers,” Doran said. “This situation put us in the eyes of the world as a dictatorship,” he said.
The police set up checkpoints
Since the early hours of Sunday morning, Twitter users using #ElDomingoMarchamos and #El17Marchamos have invited residents to join the activities, and have also denounced the fact that elements of the National Civil Police (PNC) have put up roadblocks on the main roads they connect. with San Salvador.
And the official account of the Palestinian National Police on Twitter reported the detention of citizens heading to the march. They confirmed that they had verified that “fugitives from justice” were not crammed into buses.
The powerful police and military apparatus were deployed on the Pan-American Highway, in the municipality of Aguilares, on the avenue Monsignor Romero, at the height of the residential district of Veranda, on the Oro Highway at the height of San Martin, San Marcos and in Santa Quay in the direction that leads to the capital.
Also in social networks, users reported the presence of checkpoints on the North Trunk, Comalapa, San Martín and Soyapango highways, as well as the Santa Ana highway.
The security forces stopped several units of mass transportation and searched the passengers and their properties and inside the units.
Via her Twitter account, attorney Roxana Cardona denounced the stopping of a mass transit bus by at least 50 members of the police, including elements of the Tactical Operational Unit (UTO), who checked their property and unjustifiably detained passengers in Santa Ana, in Polanco peak in front of the tent.
Social researcher Janet Aguilar said on Twitter: “Protesting is a constitutional right. Neither the PNC nor FUERZARMADASV can limit this right.”
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