Yesterday was the Day of the Soldiers here
My husband said at one time they screamed at them, back in the days of the Salvadoran army's Atlacatl Battalion and the infamous murders in El Mozote, in Morazán department.
Times have changed radically. Yesterday they hailed them, celebrating the troops as they marched through the streets. Many have been deployed to dangerous neighborhoods to clean up the gang problem. Certainly, any forward thinking person here would have a vested interest in removing the gangs and obtaining investors here. Some speculate that Americans will be retiring here soon, especially once the last cheap piece of dried up dirt in Nicaragua is stained with blood in the future, when a looming civil war happens as the older Sandinistas try to break down the cadre and restore actual socialism instead of fascism there.
On another front, the city streets of El Salvador should be more free of clutter as the street vendors are moved from Children's Park and other downtown locations. The extortion of these vendors has become a key issue, along with the visual blight they bring. It's been fairly ugly downtown, because the beautiful buildings are marred with lean-to structures hiding the buildings as street vendors take over the sidewalks, forcing pedestrians to walk in the streets. I'm told they don't lose their businesses here, they are simply moved to a better and safer location. Sounds much "kinder and gentler" than the U.S. policy on vendors and homeless types. At least they aren't like California here, where they round up the mentally ill and aged and load them on a bus with a one-way ticket to another city.
I'm still waiting for my paper back version of my chap book to load onto Amazon, to sell, but the Kindle version is there.
Feliz Dia de las Madres to all the mommies!