Salvadorans Protest Trade Deal With U.S.
Thousands of street vendors, university students and labor unionists marched in San Salvador Tuesday against a regional free trade accord with the United States, which they say will hurt small businesses and organized labor. About 4,000 protesters held marches across the country, one day before El Salvador implements its free trade agreement with the United States. Skirmishing erupted as protesters demanded police leave guard posts at the city’s main hospital with students launching rocks at officers, who responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. Five people suffered minor injuries. Full Story