The president of El Salvador and defender of Bitcoin (BTC), Nayib Bukele , has managed to enter the List of the 100 most influential people of Time , but his description is not at all flattering.
Time published an article by Mexican journalist Daniel Lizárraga that described Bukele as someone who “did not tolerate criticism or being opposed to it.”
Lizárraga pointed out that the Salvadoran daily El Faro , where he works as an editor, published an investigation into the negotiations between the Bukele government and the El Salvador gangs.
The president dismissed the veracity of the information via Twitter and accused El Faro of lying.
The journalist cited several examples, such as the one that noted that Bukele appeared in the country’s parliament surrounded by armed soldiers “to pressure legislators to approve his budget.”
In May, the president ordered the removal of the country’s Supreme Court justices. Lizárraga wrote that later, the new appointees to the court had ruled that presidents could serve two consecutive terms.
Time has named Bukele one of the 100 Most Influential People along with Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) CEO Elon Musk, Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL) CEO Tim Cook , and Ethereum (ETH) co-founder , Vitalik Buterin.
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Lizárraga claimed that he was expelled from El Salvador in July.
According to a report by the Committee to Protect Journalists , the country’s immigration authorities notified Lizárraga that her work permit had been denied “because she could not prove that she was a journalist.”
According to CPJ, Bukele previously accused El Faro of money laundering but provided no evidence, and in 2019 Salvadoran authorities banned the outlet from attending press conferences at Bukele’s residence.
Last week, El Salvador officially recognized Bitcoin as legal tender and Bukele declared that he was going to “buy in the crash”, when the country acquired 150 BTC.
El Salvador’s capital San Salvador witnessed violent protests against the adoption of BTC. One resident told Al Jazeera that “it was not going to be positive for [street food] vendors, bus drivers, or shopkeepers.”
The protests have not stopped and, on Wednesday, which was the country’s independence day, thousands of people took to the streets to demonstrate against BTC. In addition, protesters set fire to a Bitcoin ATM in the capital, according to information from Decrypt.
They carried signs that read “We do not want Bitcoin” and “No to the dictatorship.”
Information from Reuters, which conducted a survey by the local Central American University, indicated that 67.9% of the 1,281 people surveyed disagreed or strongly disagreed with the adoption of Bitcoin as legal tender in El Salvador.
At press time, BTC was trading 1.74% higher at $ 47,929.64.