14 July 2024,   05:52
Heavily-armed police and soldiers enter El Salvador parliament

Heavily-armed police and soldiers in El Salvador have forced their way into parliament, demanding the approval of a $109m loan to better equip them.

They entered the building as President Nayib Bukele was about to address lawmakers. Earlier, he gave them seven days to back his loan plan.
Opposition politicians called the appearance of armed men in parliament an unprecedented act of intimidation.
El Salvador has one of the highest murder rates in the world.
Most of the violence is carried out by criminal gangs that operate across Central America.