EFESan Salvador

A group of young Salvadorans protested on Wednesday against the adoption of Bitcoin as legal tender and denounced political persecution against people critical of the government of President Nayib Bukele.

The protesters, who gathered around San Salvador's constitution monument, condemned the arrest of Mario Gómez, a computer and cryptocurrency specialist who has been critical of the recently passed Bitcoin Law in the country, for financial fraud.

Gomez, who warned about the possible drawbacks of adopting Bitcoin as legal tender, was detained early Wednesday and released at noon.

"Neither Mario, nor any person arbitrarily detained is alone. We declare ourselves on alert and ready to side with our comrades. For Mario, no to Bitcoin!" said a statement read during the demonstration.