Police raided stands selling pirated goods in San Salvador’s main downtown market, last Friday, and organized street vendors shut down a key downtown intersection in response. Open street violence erupted when police from the Order […]
El Salvadorans cast ballots in 262 city mayoral races and elected 84 representatives to the national Legislative Assembly on Sunday, March 12. Despite being outspent 20-1 by the right wing ARENA party in the electoral campaign, the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) gained a seat or two in the National Assembly and looked likely to regain the mayor’s office in the capital city of San Salvador. Nationwide turnout approached 50%. […]
It’s been fifteen months since Gilberto Soto, a Teamster from New Jersey who returned to his native El Salvador to organize port drivers in Central America was murdered. Yet the murder remains unsolved. Union officials […]
There was little fanfare and much protest on March 1 as The Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) went into effect in El Salvador. The country is the first Central American nation to honor CAFTA and for the second straight day, thousands marched and traffic was snarled throughout San Salvador. Five other signatory nations have failed to meet US requirements necessary to join the agreement.
The office of SETA, El Salvador’s water workers union, sits like a mouse at the elephant’s feet. The union’s plain, two room office sits next door to the huge, block-long two story building which is the headquarters for El Salvador’s national water company, ANDA (National Water and Sewage Administration). Inside the SETA office, union reps equipped with an old computer and chairs with broken rollers are bracing for a fight against government attempts to privatize their industry. Representatives for SETA say losing the fight could mean the "extinction" of their union and limits on Salvadoran’s access to clean water.
El Salvador’s National Assembly is expected to vote today on whether to host a U.S. run "police training" school. The International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) will train Latin American police officers to combat transnational crime, […]
As the solidarity movement prepares for another protest and vigil against the Western Hemispheric Institute for Security and Cooperation (WHINSEC, nee School of the Americas and forever known to the movement as the School of Assassins) this November, another threat to peace and democracy in the Americas lurks behind the curtain. […]