2 December, 2022

I come to speak of freedom, the one my people long for, and the one longed for by all the peoples of the world”: Nayib Bukele at the UN

"Thus, besides deciding that we want to be free, it is an indispensable requirement that the powerful respect our freedom", highlighted President Nayib Bukele.

By Luis Alberto López

United Nations – Freedom, sovereignty and respect for the determination of each nation, was the main axis in the speech that the president of El Salvador Nayib Bukele, expressed at the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly in person at the headquarters of the international organization based in New York.

“That is precisely what I come to speak on this podium, at the United Nations General Assembly: of freedom. The one my people long for, and the one longed for by all the peoples of the world”: declared the president of the republic.

n watch, President of the Republic of El Salvador

The Salvadoran President, after clarifying that he did not expect to convince the great powers, addressed his message to other nations that are in similar conditions, but with difficulties to find the way. “And it is that freedom is a word that is said very easily, but that requires a fight, perseverance and many sacrifices to make it true”, added in his speech.

“The freedom to choose where we are going and how we want to achieve it. The freedom to define our path as human beings”

“But to be free, like much of what defines us, it depends on how others see us, but mainly how we see ourselves”.

n watch, President of the Republic of El Salvador / speech before the UN 2022

“Thus, besides deciding that we want to be free, it is an indispensable requirement that the powerful respect our freedom”, highlighted President Nayib Bukele.

He made reference to the Salvadoran experience in deciding their own destiny: “I come from a town where our destiny was always controlled by others”. “I come from a town that for a long time saw itself as less than the others; I come from a town where we never had the courage to make our own decisions”.

“Who correctly think they own their countries, but they incorrectly think they own ours too”.

“I come from a town that only owns the smallest country in the American continent, and that even that small property on that little piece of land, is not respected by countries that have more territory than us”, highlighted the president.

n watch, President of the Republic of El Salvador

“I wanted to use this podium to say these words, because maybe they didn't just resonate in my country, The Savior; but also in other towns of the world, who like mine want to build their own path with freedom”

“Some may do it before, others after; for some it will be easier, for others it will be more difficult. But it will be much faster if powerful countries help us, or at least, if they don't want to help us, don't get in the way”, emphasized in his message at the United Nations.

Bukele compared the impositions of developed countries on developing countries with the attitude of a rich neighbor who wants to order his poor neighbor's house in his own way..