Weekly Report - 4 February 2021 (WR-21-05)

EL SALVADOR: Fears of political violence rise after deadly attack

The spectre of political violence that haunts El Salvador’s young democracy is hanging over the country once again. Not since the signing of the peace accords in 1992 ended a bloody 12-year civil war has the country seen an incident to compare with that on 31 January: two political activists representing the left-wing opposition Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional (FMLN) were shot dead and five injured after a truck carrying them came under fire. Rather than attempt to defuse the resulting tensions, President Nayib Bukele insinuated that the FMLN had orchestrated the attack for electoral purposes. The FMLN blamed Bukele’s divisive rhetoric for inciting the violence.

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