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Thousands of people took to the streets of San Salvador on Sunday, October 17, protesting against the government of President Nayib Bukele, including against the recognition of Bitcoin as legal tender in the country. According to local media estimates, at least 4,000 protesters took part in the march in the capital of El Salvador. Not far from the city’s main square, they set fire to a doll depicting the 40-year-old president.

Demonstrators, including feminist groups, human rights groups, environmentalists and members of political parties, shouted slogans and carried posters that read “Bitcoin is a Fraud”, “No to Dictatorship”, “Democracy is not discussed, it is protected” and “Enough authoritarianism, “reports AFP.

Demonstrators oppose the dismissal of Supreme Court justices

El Salvadorans protested, among other things, against the government’s decision to recognize Bitcoin as the official currency, the May 2021 dismissal of Supreme Court judges, and Bukele’s ability to run for a second consecutive presidential term.

On September 7, El Salvador became the first country in the world in which the bitcoin cryptocurrency was circulated as an official means of payment – along with the US dollar. She can pay for all goods and services.

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