El Salvador's Anti-Terrorism Law Draws Criticism El Salvador's government has come under fire from human rights groups since it passed an anti-terrorism law modeled on the U.S. Patriot Act. Fourteen activists who were protesting plans to privatize the national water company are being tried under the new law.
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El Salvador's Anti-Terrorism Law Draws Criticism

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El Salvador's Anti-Terrorism Law Draws Criticism

El Salvador's Anti-Terrorism Law Draws Criticism

El Salvador's Anti-Terrorism Law Draws Criticism

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The government of El Salvador has come under fire from human rights organizations since it passed an anti-terrorism law modeled on the U.S. Patriot Act.

Fourteen activists who were protesting plans to privatize the national water company are being tried under the new law.

The government alleges that some of them threw stones at public officials — which is now punishable as a terror crime under a law that does not clearly define what a terrorist is. Human rights groups and other critics say the law's real aim is to stifle dissent.

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