32nd Anniversary of 1992 Peace Accords
|Monument to Peace on highway south of San Salvador
January 16 marks the 32nd anniversary of the signing of the Peace Accords which ended El Salvador's 12 year long bloody civil war. There is no official celebration of the end of that conflict by the government of Nayib Bukele, the country's president who labels the accords "a farce."
So why is Bukele attacking the Peace Accords? To celebrate the Peace Accords and the reforms they instituted would be to celebrate many of the norms which Bukele has begun to trample. He cares little for the institutions of constitutional democracy. The separation of powers checks him from acting freely. He attacks those who would champion human rights. While the Peace Accords intended to remove the military from domestic affairs, Bukele sends the military out into the country with ever more frequency to perform all sorts of internal tasks from policing to delivering food packets, to capturing grasshoppers, to enforcing sanitary quarantines of entire towns.Moreover, one of Bukele's constant themes is to denounce his opposition as a corrupt pact between ARENA and the FMLN. Because the Peace Accords are signed by the FMLN and the government then controlled by ARENA, he attacks the peace agreement as part of their supposed corrupt bargain.These are the efforts of a president to deny and revise history so that the lessons of history cannot be learned by the current generations.
In 2024, Bukele continued his denigration of the accords by ordering the destruction of the Monument to Peace and Reconciliation erected in 2017 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Accords.
El supuesto “monumento a la reconciliación”, inaugurado por el gobierno del FMLN en 2017; que no solo era estéticamente horrible, sino que glorificaba el pacto entre los asesinos de nuestro pueblo, para repartirse el pastel; ha sido demolido.— Nayib Bukele (@nayibbukele) January 3, 2024
En su lugar, se construirá un nuevo… pic.twitter.com/J50nDBfMyf
The supposed “monument to reconciliation”, inaugurated by the FMLN government in 2017; -- not only was it aesthetically horrible, but it glorified the pact between the murderers of our people, made so they could "share the cake" -- has been demolished. In its place, a new public space will be built for the enjoyment of Salvadoran families.