El Salvador president declares himself ‘dictator' in response to first mass protests

© AFP via Getty Images

File: Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele delivers his annual address to the nation

– AFP via Getty Images

El Salvador‘s president Nayib Bukele declared himself a dictator on Twitter, days after protests broke out against him in the Central American country.

The president’s Twitter bio currently says: “The coolest dictator in the world.” Though some saw the move as a joke by the president, many others did not find it funny.

© Provided by The Independent Salvadorian president Nayib Bukele proclaimed himself ‘dictator’ on Twitter (Twitter)

There have been no indications that his social media account was hacked.

In fact, the cryptocurrency-loving president, also an active Twitter user, continued to nonchalantly tweet about bitcoin after changing his bio.

Under Mr Bukele, El Salvador became the first country to make bitcoin legal tender.

Thousands of people marched in the capital San Salvador on 15 September to “defend democracy” and “stop violations of the constitution”. Protesters alleged that Mr Bukele held too much power and had weakened the independence of courts.

At that time, the president said that protesters “took to the streets to fight a dictatorship that doesn’t exist”.

Some protesters also raised their voices against the 40-year-old president’s decision to make bitcoin legal tender. Earlier this month, the government rolled out a digital wallet called “Chivo” to handle bitcoin transactions but it has been glitchy and frequently down for maintenance.

The president had maintained his popularity since he entered office in 2019 but Salvadorians now fear that his enthusiasm about cryptocurrencies has indeed taken on a dictatorial tone.

Chivo cash machines were set ablaze as the country marked its 200 years of independence on 15 September.

Following the protest, the president wrote on Twitter: “They say the ‘vandalism’ was the work of ‘infiltrators’, but there has been vandalism in all their demonstrations.”

In another tweet, sharing a video of a ransacked van, the populist leader wrote: “This mobile consulate does not do work for ‘the regime’ or for ‘the dictator’, it is one of the little that our country offers to our diaspora. Why do they destroy it? Why do you hate people so much that you yourself expelled from our country?”

Este consulado móvil no hace trabajo para “el régimen”, ni para “el dictador”, es de lo poco que nuestro país le ofrece a nuestra diáspora.

¿Por qué lo destruyen? ¿Por qué odian tanto a la gente que ustedes mismos expulsaron de nuestro país?pic.twitter.com/NhC1vvCps5

— Nayib Bukele 🇸🇻 (@nayibbukele) September 19, 2021

“Changing his Twitter profile to call himself the dictator of El Salvador is a very childish act on the part of the president,” Johnny Wright Sol, legislator and a member of the opposition party, told the Associated Press.

Lawyer Eduardo Escobar of a civic group that focuses on government accountability said this was part of the president’s strategy. “He is trying to ridicule the feelings of the public or the opposition,” Mr Escobar said.

Mr Bukele is not new to controversies.

Last month, the Salvadoran Supreme Court judges recently appointed by his party dismissed a constitutional ban on consecutive presidential terms. This set the stage for Mr Bukele to seek a second term in 2024. Though he has not yet announced such a plan, it is widely expected. The United States had criticised the judges’ ruling as unconstitutional and a blow to bilateral ties.

In January, Mr Bukele briefly changed his Twitter profile picture to an image of actor Sacha Baron Cohen from the movie The Dictator, where he plays the role of a dictator.

Last year, Mr Bukele faced backlash for sending troops into the National Assembly to help push through law and order legislation in the country.

From news to politics, travel to sport, culture to climate – The Independent has a host of free newsletters to suit your interests. To find the stories you want to read, and more, in your inbox, click here.

Internet Explorer Channel Network
News Related

OTHER NEWS

Guns, drugs and gangs: Police in Thunder Bay, Ont., concerned over rise in violent street crime

© Kris Ketonen/CBC Det.-Insp. John Fennell of the Thunder Bay Police Service says they’ve seen a steady increase in seized illegal firearms over the last few years. An expert says ... Read more »

How Man City players reacted in West Ham dressing room to first Carabao Cup exit in five years

Manchester City’s players were immediately focussed on how they can bounce back after the disappointment of exiting the Carabao Cup on penalties to West Ham. City were beaten in a ... Read more »

Liz Truss must ‘be brave' to secure Nazanin's release, says husband

The Foreign Secretary must “be brave” in order to secure the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, her husband has said. Richard Ratcliffe met with Liz Truss on Thursday to discuss further ... Read more »

Biden unveils stripped back $1.75 trillion Build Back Better plan and delays trip to convince the Squad

© Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved Biden Abroad – Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved White House officials say the “framework” President Joe Biden will ... Read more »

The Pros and Cons of Working With Your Family

© Benson & Oak Rebecca Pereira and her mom in their kitchen For many Canadians, the pandemic permanently shifted how we view the world and our place in it. For ... Read more »

ATP gibt den Tarif durch: Den ungeimpften Tennisspielern gehts ans Portemonnaie

© Bereitgestellt von Blick Den ungeimpften Tennisspielern gehts ans Portemonnaie Die Impfthematik im Tennis geht in die nächste Runde. Nachdem zuerst von einer kompletten Impflicht bei den Australian Open die ... Read more »

Hibs left with James Scott problem but boosted by Christian Doidge news

Christian Doidge could be a surprise inclusion in Hibs’ League Cup semi-final line-up as the influential striker continues to recover well from the Achilles injury he sustained in August but ... Read more »

France threatens to block British fishing boats from ports in post-Brexit row

France announced Wednesday that it will bar British fishing boats from some French ports starting next week if no deal is reached with the UK in a dispute over fishing ... Read more »

Regierungsspitze reist ins Krisengebiet: Waldbrand wütet in Österreich

Ein Waldbrand rund 100 Kilometer südlich von Wien hat die österreichische Regierungsspitze am Donnerstag ins Krisengebiet fahren lassen. © Bereitgestellt von Blick Ein Feuerwehrmann ist bei den Löscharbeiten eines Waldbrandes ... Read more »

UK parents: do you have a different view to your child about vaccination?

Photograph: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images With take-up of the Covid-19 vaccine among teenagers low, and misinformation swirling around TikTok and other social media platforms, we are looking to speak with pro-vaccine ... Read more »

Tesco website down: Supermarket giant suffers fresh outage days after hack

The Tesco website appears have briefly broken again, just days after a major outage that took it offline for much of the weekend. © PA Archive Tesco said an outage ... Read more »

Roundabout stuns drivers with uncanny resemblance to the DEATH STAR

© Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo Drivers have been left stunned by a new roundabout built in their town after noticing it bears an uncanny resemblance to the Death ... Read more »

Government urged to defend British fishermen as boat detained in row with France

The Government is facing calls to step in and defend British fishermen after a UK boat was detained in a worsening row with France over post-Brexit fishing rights. The scallop ... Read more »

Here's what's in the $1.75 trillion economic plan Biden will try to sell his party

President Joe Biden on Thursday will make the case for a significantly scaled-back version of his massive economic plan to expand the social safety net hours before departing for his ... Read more »

Flight diverted after passenger ‘punches' flight attendant over mask mandate

An American Airlines flight bound for John Wayne Airport in Orange County was diverted to Denver on Tuesday after one of the passengers attacked a flight attendant. © ABC7 Screenshot ... Read more »

Sheriff investigating Alec Baldwin shooting incident says armorer's statement was 'not accurate'

Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza said that he does not believe a statement from the armorer in the “Rust” movie investigation was accurate regarding the presence of live rounds ... Read more »

Tesco contactless chaos as customers unable to make payments due to glitch

TESCO customers said they struggled to pay for shopping in store today due to a contactless payment glitch. The supermarket's website and app also crashed earlier in the afternoon, for ... Read more »

CAE buys AirCentre airline operations business from Sabre for US$392.5M

MONTREAL — CAE Inc. has signed a deal to buy the AirCentre airline operations business from Sabre Corp. for US$392.5 million. © Provided by The Canadian Press The Montreal-based company ... Read more »

Aston Villa fans respond to Emi Buendia message after Gary Neville instruction

Aston Villa fans have been discussing Emiliano Buendia ahead of Sunday’s game against West Ham United. Buendia is splitting opinion after a start to life at Villa lacking in goal ... Read more »

WHO, partners seek $23.4 billion for new COVID-19 war chest

© Reuters/Denis Balibouse FILE PHOTO: A logo is pictured outside a building of the WHO in Geneva By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) and other ... Read more »

Average Brit will spend more than four years of their lives streaming TV shows and films online

A typical adult will also spend two years of their lives online shopping and a further three years on social media. © Provided by The Scotsman Streaming music accounts for ... Read more »

China is addicted to dirty coal. Humanity's future depends on it kicking the habit.

China is a country of epic contradictions. © Provided by NBC News It is home to the world’s largest solar farm, a rolling ocean of 4 million panels high up ... Read more »

Gregg Wallace fans spot ‘Voldemort's face' in his knee as he works out and flexes his muscles

GREGG Wallace's fans say they've spotted a movie villain's face in his knee as he flexed his muscles during a workout. The MasterChef star, 57, posed for a photo on ... Read more »

How to get Siri to read your notifications on AirPods

© Provided by Pocket-lint How to get Siri to read your Messages on AirPods photo 2 (Pocket-lint) – Apple’s AirPods offer a number of features, from sharing audio to automatically ... Read more »

Sharvari: Got a chance to speak in my mother tongue in 'Bunty Aur Babli 2'

© IANS Sharvari Mumbai, Oct 28 (IANS) Young actress Sharvari, who is making her debut with the film ‘Bunty Aur Babli 2’ and sharing screen space with Rani Mukherjee, Saif ... Read more »

‘UK's most notorious paedophile' Sidney Cooke, 94, is set to die in jail after he was rejected parole for the tenth time

THE UK's most notorious paedophile is set to die in jail after his tenth bid for freedom was rejected. Convicted child molester and serial killer Sidney Cooke, who was sentenced ... Read more »

China's Guangdong reports human infection of H5N6 bird flu

FILE PHOTO: Children leave a school in Shekou area of Shenzhen, China BEIJING (Reuters) – The health authority in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong said on Thursday that one ... Read more »

Wild video shows moment gunman opens fire on NYC street, injuring three

This is the moment a gunman opens fire during a heated argument in the middle of a Queens street — injuring three people, including one victim who was blasted six ... Read more »

Justice Department announces tougher enforcement for white-collar crime

The Justice Department announced a series of policy changes Thursday aimed at toughening the federal response to white-collar crime, particularly offenses involving corporate misconduct. Speaking to lawyers who often defend ... Read more »

Is Joe Biden about to show up to Cop26 empty-handed?

After months of bullish rhetoric about the United States’ climate leadership, the US could still show up to COP 26 empty handed. That doesn’t have to be the case – ... Read more »

Tata Motors unveils 21 new vehicles

© Provided by The Times of India CHENNAI: Tata Motors, India’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturer, unveiled a range of 21 new products and variants. Designed and engineered to cater to ... Read more »

‘World famous': Rishi Sunak waxes lyrical about being in Burnley Market – while stood in Bury Market

© BBC / Screengrab Rishi Sunak in Bury – definitely Bury – Market – BBC / Screengrab Rishi Sunak has waxed lyrical about being at “world famous Burnley Market” – ... Read more »

Appeals court rules marine who filmed women in ship bathroom obstructed justice

A Marine lance corporal who was caught filming female sailors showering aboard the USS Arlington had his conviction upheld by a Navy appeals court. The Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal ... Read more »

Nicolas Cage ‘stormed off set after Rust armourer's actions' on previous film

Nicolas Cage had previously complained about the behaviour of Rust armourer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reid, when they worked together, it is being claimed. Cage and Gutierrez-Reid worked together on The Old Way, ... Read more »

Remember Young Poo From Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham? She's Finally Making Her Bollywood Comeback

© Provided by MensXP Bollywood is known worldwide for churning out great movies that center around drama, families and culture. In fact, nothing beats chilling on a Sunday and watching an ... Read more »

LA County set to pay two families £1m each over shared photos of Kobe Bryant crash scene

Two families that lost members in the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant are reportedly set to receive just under £1million each after it was found first responders shared photos ... Read more »

Piers Morgan says he's still struggling with lack of taste after COVID

Piers Morgan had COVID earlier this year. (Brett Cove / SOPA Images/Sipa USA) Piers Morgan has revealed he is still dealing with the “irritations of long COVID” and still can't ... Read more »

Live Score, Australia vs Sri Lanka, T20 World Cup 2021: Australia win the toss and opt to bowl

© Provided by Firstpost Live Score, Australia vs Sri Lanka, T20 World Cup 2021: Australia win the toss and opt to bowl 19:07 (IST) “We would have bowled first as ... Read more »

Rust assistant director reportedly admits he didn't thoroughly check gun handed to Alec Baldwin

Rust movie sign Sam Wasson/Getty Images The assistant director on the Alec Baldwin movie Rust has reportedly acknowledged he failed to thoroughly check the gun that was handed to the ... Read more »

Menopause Bill: Women call for HRT to be made free in England ahead of crucial vote

MPs are due to vote on a private members’ bill on Friday that, if passed, would make Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) free for those going through the menopause in England. ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic