[Translation of an editorial from the Salvadoran website Raices.com for May 3.]
The principal feature of the May Day celebrations on the streets of San Salvador was that the people, especially those in the governing party, the Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional (FMLN), were asking President Mauricio Funes for changes. To the degree that they reminded him that it was they who had put him in office and they could remove him.
The burning of an effigy with the president’s face and Uncle Sam’s hat was perhaps the demonstrators’ most stunning blow, although to listen to the leaders, among them José Luis Merino and Vice President Salvador Sánchez Cerén, things were more cordial than that, in that more confidence was shown than dissatisfaction. They even said change requires the participation of the people. (more…)