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25 Feb 2020 | 07:54 AM UTC

El Salvador: Protests reported in San Salvador February 24

Protesters gather in San Salvador to oppose Reconciliation Law on February 24; more protests likely

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Event

Two civil groups, the Table against Impunity in El Salvador and the Management Group for a Reparations Law and the Historical Pro-Memory Work Commission, gathered in protest in San Salvador on Monday, February 24, in opposition of the Reconciliation Law proposed by government. Opposition to the law stems from the fact that the groups nor victims of the country's civil war have been consulted in its development.

Parliament is expected to pass the bill into law on Friday, February 28. Protests remain possible until at least Friday. Associated transportation disruptions are to be expected in the vicinity of any protests, as well as a heightened security presence.

Context

The Reconciliation Law seeks to replace the Amnesty Law of 1993, as it has been deemed unconstitutional in 2016. The new regulation would guarantee justice and offer guarantees that war crimes will not be repeated.

Advice

Individuals in San Salvador are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all large public gatherings as a precaution, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.