Last week, El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele posted a typically divisive video on Twitter. To the sound of thrilling fast-paced music, the video showed Bukele and his allies taking control of the country's Congress in February 2020, before cutting to clips of his opponents criticizing the move. The video ends with the words: "We took the power. We will never give it back".
Bukele, who took office in 2019, has been a controversial figure in El Salvador from the start. He came to power promising to end the country's endemic gang violence and corruption and won a landslide victory, but his actions and policies continue to divide opinions.
To his many critics, Bukele has become a ruthless strongman, trampling due process and other civil protections in his quest for power. The President has been accused of ordering the military to occupy the Congress building in February 2020, in an attempt to force lawmakers to approve a loan for his security plan. The move was widely criticized by international organizations, and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights called it a "serious setback for democracy in El Salvador".