“Lower food prices or there will be problems”

“Lower food prices or there will be problems”
“Lower food prices or there will be problems”


El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele has issued a warning to companies linked to the food sector and denounced the existence of cartels.

“To the importers, wholesalers, distributors and food marketers who are committing these abuses (…): Lower the prices of food or there will be problems,” Bukele said in a public appearance.

“Stop abusing the Salvadoran people or don’t complain later,” he added, paraphrasing himself with the warning to gangs in 2019 and referring to the open war on criminal groups unleashed by Bukele.

The Salvadoran leader has acknowledged that “some of these abuses can only be punished with fines or administrative sanctions,” but he has warned that “they know that they are also on the list for tax evasion, bribery, smuggling food, bringing food into non-border points but rather blind spots, bribing customs people, and false declarations” which are crimes.

“We were busy with the gangs. We didn’t have time to go after those other crimes. But now we do have time,” he argued. “I hope that tomorrow food prices will be lower than they were now,” he added.

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