Municipal employees block roads in El Salvador to demand government payment

Mayors and municipal employees from various municipalities blocked major roads across El Salvador to demand the government distribute funds from the Fondo para el Desarrollo Económico y Social de los Municipios de las Municipalidades (FODES) that it has owed since September 2016 (La Prensa Grafica). The government cannot distribute the funds because of the current financial crisis. Mayors say the lack of FODES funds means they cannot undertake projects, nor pay salaries (El Diario de Hoy). The government has been in the midst of negotiations with the opposition party to issue bonds and bring the country out of financial crisis (La Prensa Grafica).