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    ATLCALLA & SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR

    INTRODUCTION: After nearly two years in power, El Salvador's junta is faced with increasing, international isolation and crippling attacks by leftist insurgents.

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    ATLCALLA & SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR

    SV & GV Troops in village street (3 shots) 0.15
    SV Troops taking refreshments at stall 0.18
    GV Army vehicles driving along road, lined with troops (2 shots) 0.31
    SV Soldier with anti-tank weapon 0.35
    GV & SV Troops climbing into trucks (3 shots) 0.52
    GV INT Rivera in church procession 1.03
    GV Congregation 1.09
    SCU Mrs. Rivera speaking from altar, congregation listens, then stands and applauds (2 shots) 1.29

    Background: ATLCALLA & SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR

    INTRODUCTION: After nearly two years in power, El Salvador's junta is faced with increasing, international isolation and crippling attacks by leftist insurgents. Although elections are planned for next March (1982) conditions have not changed in recent months with the political violence continuing. The civilian-military junta now faces diplomatic gains made by the guerrillas, with France and Mexico officially recognising the insurgents. Over 10,000 people have died in the fighting so far this year and the Roman Catholic legal aid society blames Government troops for more than six-thousand non-combat deaths, accusing Rightist 'death-squads' of the killings.

    SYNOPSIS: Salvadorean army troops have begun a series of major search-and-destroy missions against the guerrillas in eight provinces, with heavy fighting reported form some areas. These troops were involved in the anti-guerrilla operations.

    The drive against the insurgents followed a two-week blitz last month (August) in which the guerrillas carried out a campaign of economic sabotage. This included the crippling of the country's power supply with the blowing up of major power lines and the return of regular bombings in the streets of San Salvador. After the attacks, Salvadorean Defence Minister Jose Guillermo Garcia ordered his army commanders to step up the fight and to destroy the guerrilla bases.

    One of El Salvador's leading churchmen, Monsignor Romero Rivera Y Damas, has spoken out about the worsening situation. The known existence of death squads within government and guerrilla ranks is of particular concern to the church.

    Particularly concerned about the blood-letting that has left a trail of headless corpses across the country, Monsignor Rivera has offered to mediate between two sides. He has again repeated that as in the past, he is prepared to do everything possible to end the civil strife.

    Source: REUTERS - CARLOS ROSAS

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2580P3MWSUY2NSIS7YWI9FYBE
    Media URN:
    VLVA2580P3MWSUY2NSIS7YWI9FYBE
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/09/1981
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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