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The corruption scandals make it “just unavoidable that it’s going to make people skeptical about sending large amounts to Central America,” said Eric L. Olson, an analyst at the Wilson Institute, a Washington research organization, who follows the region closely.

But, he said, aid is needed to address the problems that have brought protesters out into the streets. “The best way to respond to corruption is more transparency, more accountability, supporting unions, a free press, civil society,” Mr. Olson said.

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