Stop US intervention in El Salvador!
Late last year the US once again intervened, in the sovereign affairs of the Salvadoran government. Using the leverage of an economic aid package called the Partnership for Growth the US forced the resignation of the Minister of Public Security, Manuel Melgar, who was then replaced by David Mungia Payes a former military general. A series of other changes made by President Funes have left all of El Salvador’s public security apparatus in the hands of former military generals in clear violation of the Peace Accords. This militarization follows an alarming trend in Central America to militarize the region in order to fight the “War on Drugs”. The effects of this failed policy have already been seen by the over 4 million people displaced in Colombia and over 50,000 deaths in the last 5 years in Mexico. A similar effect will be seen in Central America unless the US drastically changes its militaristic implementation of the “War on Drugs”.
The militarization of public security in El Salvador follows a trend of militarization in Latin America under the guise of fighting the “War on Drugs”. These policies have failed in Mexico and Colombia. The flow of drugs to the US has not been affected but the civilian populations of these countries have been devastated. We demand that the US immediately stop the militarization of El Salvador and the region in order to fight the “War on Drugs”, and focus on prevention and treatment both in the US and in Central America.
In another violation of the sovereignty of El Salvador the US has often attempted to influence the outcome of the democratic elections in El Salvador. We demand that the US not interfere in any way in the elections of El Salvador and emit a statement of neutrality at least one month ahead of the 2014 presidential elections.