On Wednesday, January 29th, U.S. solidarity organizations published paid ads in El Salvador’s two widest circulating newspapers, La Prensa Gráfica and El Diario de Hoy, with statements from U.S. officials in the State Department, Senate, and House of Representatives affirming the U.S. government’s neutral position in El Salvador’s electoral process. Radio PSAs are also airing on community and commercial radio stations to make sure as many Salvadorans as possible know that they can vote for whoever they choose without fear of political retaliation from the U.S. government. (Listen to the radio PSA and download copies of the paid ad after the jump.)
The U.S. government statements of neutrality were made possible by the efforts of grassroots international solidarity activists, who pressured their elected officials to express a clear position of neutrality. In past elections, U.S. government officials have made statements that threatened a deterioration in U.S.-El Salvador relations, including increased deportations of Salvadorans from the U.S. and cutting off the remittances Salvadorans in the U.S. send home to their families, if voters were to elect the FMLN. The right-wing candidates have always used these statement and the fear they generate in their campaigning.
Listen to the radio PSA here.
Download PDFs of the paid ads.