El Salvador's president has apparently changed his Twitter profile description to âdictator,â in what may be an ironic comment on last week's protests against himByThe Associated Press September 20, 2021, 9:57 PM â¢ 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador -- El Salvadorâs bitcoin-pushing president apparently changed his Twitter profile description to âdictatorâ Monday, in what might be an ironic comment on last weekâs protests against him.
The office of President Nayib Bukele did not respond to requests for comment on the profile change, but there was no clear sign the presidentâs account had been hacked.
Bukele is a heavy Twitter user, and after his description changed to âdictator,â he continued tweeting normally Monday about bitcoin. The price and potential of the cryptocurrency appears to fascinate Bukele, and he made bitcoin legal tender in El Salvador, the first country to do so.
Not everyone was charmed by the tactic.
âChanging his Twitter profile to call himself the dictator of El Salvador is a very childish act on the part of the president," said legislator Johnny Wright Sol, a member of the opposition Nuestro Tiempo party.
âThis is part of the president's strategy," said lawyer Eduardo Escobar, of Citizen's Action, a civic group devoted to government accountability. âHe is trying to ridicule the feelings of the public or the opposition.â
Last week, thousands of people gathered in El Salvadorâs capital for the first mass march against Bukele, who protesters say has concentrated too much power, weakened the independence of the courts and may seek re-election.
Bukele, known for his wry style, dismissed the Sept. 15 demonstration by saying protesters âtook to the streets to fight a dictatorship that doesn't exist.â
The populist president elected in ...