Demonstrations against privatization of health care system
Demonstrators dressed in white filled the streets of San Salvador on Saturday to show their opposition to various proposals to privatize portions of El Salvador's healthcare system. According to La Prensa Grafica, the march, sponsored by various NGOs and the FMLN, stretched out across more than 12 blocks, with demonstrators carrying banners demanding reforms of healthcare delivery which do not include the privatization plans of the ARENA government. Such marches were a regular occurrence in 2002-03, drawing tens of thousands to the streets of San Salvador protesting the privatization policies of then-president Francisco Flores. The current protests reflect demonstrators views that those same policies are now being implemented quietly by the current ARENA government.