Protesters burn Bitcoin ATM as El Salvador demonstrations take a new twist By BTC Peers
El Salvadoran protesters kicking against the recently implemented have destroyed a crypto kiosk in the nation’s capital city of San Salvador.
A crowd of protesters and journalists witnessed the destruction of a Chivo-sponsored kiosk in San Salvador.
The Bitcoin machine, one of several provided by the El Salvador government could be seen defaced with anti-BTC logos and a sign saying “democracy is not for sale.”
Los manifestantes quemaron el kiosko Chivo como medida de protesta contra el #Bitcoin.Vía @Luis33Tv #Teleprensa33 #Nacionales pic.twitter.com/XlacUWCPNN
— Teleprensa (@Teleprensa33) September 15, 2021
The Mayor of San Salvador Mario Durán confirmed that city workers had evacuated the area after receiving threats but are gearing up to return.
So far, the damage has been limited to the Chivo machine at the Plaza Gerardo Barrios in the heart of the capital city, but protesters also reportedly torched furniture from one of the plaza’s shops.
The Chivo kiosk (Bitcoin ATM) is one of about 200 in El Salvador, and President Bukele has said he hopes the crypto ATMs will eventually be “everywhere” in the country, even though he claimed that the use of Bitcoin is not mandatory.
Even before Sept. 7, the Bitcoin Law was implemented, El Salvador faced resistance from within the country. In July, protesters who called themselves the Popular Resistance and Rebellion Block marched through the capital.
#️⃣ #AHORA | Grandes marchas en El Salvador, contra el presidente Bukele, por el uso del Bitcoin. pic.twitter.com/fnsBjQIJ0e
— Mundo en Conflicto
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