Some of the money from El Salvador’s state-issued Chivo wallets is reportedly missing, according to many Salvadorans posting on social media.
In a Dec. 16 Twitter thread started by user “the commissioner,” at least 50 people in the country have reported losses totaling more than $96,000 in December following the government setting up the Bitcoin (BTC) wallets. Some of the transactions the users claim went to their Chivo accounts were for as little as $61, but others said they were missing thousands or more.
2- $3,921 pic.twitter.com/fvP8aLHQyP— El Comisionado (@_elcomisionado_) December 18, 2021
“There is a security flow on the wallet where money and transactions disappeared,” said Luis Guardado in a direct appeal to President Nayib Bukele. “No tech support and only useless calls, where is my money.”
Bukele said in October that 3 million Salvadorans were using their Chivo wallets, roughly half of the nation’s 6.5 million people. Since El Salvador’s Bitcoin Law was first proposed in June, many in the country have opposed the measure for a variety of reasons, including the volatility of cryptocurrencies and claiming they were unreliable as an investment for pension funds. Protestors marched through the capital city of San Salvador before the law went into effect on Sept. 7, with subsequent protests seeing some people managing to ransack and burn Chivo kiosks.
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The El Salvador president has frequently taken to social media to promote the adoption of BTC as well as related projects, including using geothermal energy from the country’s volcanoes to mine crypto and building a Bitcoin City funded initially by $1 billion in BTC bonds. He also uses the platform to announce his Bitcoin purchases to the world. At the time of publication, the country’s treasury holds 1,391 BTC — roughly $71 million with the price of the crypto asset hovering near $50,000 for the holidays.