In El Salvador, a proposed three-day strike, called by a coalition of leftist groups, was said to have collapsed on its first day.
GV Crowd around bodies, SVs bodies on ground. (3 SHOTS)
GV OF Pedestrians walking past bodies, SVs bodies ending with GV people looking at a body. (5 SHOTS)
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GV Military a round bus. (2 SHOTS)
SV Democratic Revolutionary Front spokesman speaking.
GV Armed guards on rooftop surveying street.
TV Congested street, armed militia watching pedestrians. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: In El Salvador, a proposed three-day strike, called by a coalition of leftist groups, was said to have collapsed on its first day. (Wednesday (13 August). While it lasted, six people were reported to have been killed in clashes with government troops in the capital, San Salvador. Before the strike began, there was widespread violence, with forty-one people reportedly killed in incidents throughout the country.
SYNOPSIS: These are the bodies of six people said to have been gunned down as they tries to storm the government radio station in San Salvador.
They died on the eve of the strike, and are among an estimated three thousand people who've been killed since last October in disturbances in this Central American republic. The strike was called by the Democratic Revolutionary Front (FDR), the main leftist organisation, which is trying to get rid of the ruling civilian-military junta.
Some protestors who's daubed slogans on the radio station walls, seized a bus and used it as a barricade near the closed national university. Security forces opened fire to disperse them from the university, which the army took over two month ago. News agencies reported that twenty-nine people died on the same day as this incident (Tuesday 12 August).
An FDR spokesman said that the strike, due to begin the following day, would be accompanied by guerrilla attacks wherever necessary. He said it was a prelude to a planned insurrection. Their efforts were to continue the wave of violence throughout El Salvador in recent months, with leftists favouring revolution to achieve their concepts of social justice, and rightist forces opposing changes. The FDR is the political arm of several guerrilla organisations.
With tension high, the government, the Catholic Church and business groups on Tuesday (12 August) urged workers to ignore the call for the strike. The junta promised free elections in an effort to avert the strike, but gave no date or det ails. The democratic Front had hoped to involve half a million workers over three days, but their plans were not realised.