Bukele’s COVID-19 Response Is Undermining the Rule of Law in El Salvador

A police special forces officer patrols near a mural of Armando Bukele, father of President Nayib Bukele, in San Salvador, El Salvador, April 23, 2020 (AP photo by Salvador Melendez).
A police special forces officer patrols near a mural of Armando Bukele, father of President Nayib Bukele, in San Salvador, El Salvador, April 23, 2020 (AP photo by Salvador Melendez).

El Salvador’s president, Nayib Bukele, has overseen one of the quickest and most aggressive strategies to contain the spread of the coronavirus in the Western Hemisphere. He ordered a national quarantine on March 12, four days before President Donald Trump announced federal social distancing guidelines in the United States and a week ahead of California’s statewide stay-at-home order. And he has ordered the police and the military to enforce a tough lockdown, which allows Salvadorans who work for nonessential businesses to leave their homes only twice a week to shop for food and medicine. Thousands of people have been detained […]

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