The Miami Herald
Feb. 17, 2002

Bus strike ends in El Salvador

                      SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador -- (AP) -- After five days of chaos in the streets, traffic returned to normal on
                      Saturday with the end of a bus strike prompted by a government effort to force old vehicles off El Salvador's

                      The country's congress, the Legislative Assembly, voted late Friday to give the bus owners two years to retire
                      buses more than 15 years old. The government earlier had insisted on pulling them off the roads immediately.

                      Many of the country's 7,500 buses are more than 15 years old.

                      During the strike, the capital saw enormous traffic jams and angry demonstrations that included the burning of at
                      least four buses and the arrest of 20 people.

                      ''It's not everything that we really wanted, but it gives us a breath,'' said William Caceres, spokesman for the bus
                      owners' association.