Peace and Justice Coalition

In 2006, the right-wing ARENA government in El Salvador adopted a harsh anti-terrorist law that SHARE and many others consider unjust. The law was very similar to the Patriot Act, which had been recently passed in the United States, and reflected the very close ties between the US and El Salvador during the era of Presidents Bush and Saca. The law was passed shortly after a protest in front of the National University, in which students and professors were injured and a number of police officers were killed.  As the law did not clearly define what a terrorist was, it was seen by many among the social movement as an attempt to stifle dissent among government protesters.  The law was first used against street vendors who were protesting their eviction by the local government.  It was then used in July of 2007 to arrest 14 protesters, including CRIPDES leaders, in the town of Suchitoto. Read more about the Suchitoto 14.

Alongside other Salvadoran civil society organizations and groups, SHARE formed the Peace and Justice Coalition to combat growing government oppression and militarization of the police.  As this type of oppression was very common during the Civil War, the Peace and Justice Coalition wanted to prevent El Salvador from returning to the times of state-sponsored terrorism.  The Coalition was very active in demanding the release of the Suchitoto 14, which eventually occurred in February 2008.

Currently the Peace and Justice Coalition forms part of the Social and Economic Council, organizations and institutions with whom the Funes government of consults.

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