Three members of El Salvador's ruling civilian-military junta held a news conference on Tuesday (March 18) to defend themselves against charges of human rights violations.
GV INTERIOR Junta members seated at table (from left to right: Ramon Avalon Navarrete, Colonel Adolfo Majano, Antonio Morales Erlich); Col Majano speaking.
CU name tag on Col Majano's chest.
SV Colonel Majano speaking as press take notes (2 shots)
GV Antonio E??? speaking
SV & GV Ramon Navarrete speaking (3 shots)
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Background: Three members of El Salvador's ruling civilian-military junta held a news conference on Tuesday (March 18) to defend themselves against charges of human rights violations. They dismissed charges made by the London-based human rights organisation, Amnesty International.
SYNOPSIS: The news conference was held in San Salvador's Presidential Palace as relative clam returned to the country after a day of violence in which at least forty-eight people died. Clashes between left-wingers and security forces were triggered by a leftist call for a 24-hour strike in protest against government policies. Military junta member Colonel Adolfo Majano defended the role of the army and security forces. He said they were under strict orders not to abuse their power. Colonel Majano claimed that two officers had been punished this week for mistreating suspects.
Antonio Morales Erlich, A christian Democrat Party member, said he believed Amnesty International was a worthy organisation but it had ben misinformed about el Salvador. He maintained the junta was not a repressive government.
Dr Ramon Avalon Navarrete blamed the casualty toll from Monday's (March 17) clashes on left-wing activists. He claimed that leftists were provoking violence in search of martyrs. Dr Avalon said Amnesty International seemed unable to distinguish between repression and armed clashes. He believed the government had a right to maintain peace in El Salvador. he said that Monday's (March 17) gun-battle between left-wing protestor occupying a ranch and troops sent to clear them was an example of justifiable action by the junta in the face of militancy. Twenty-three leftists died in that incident.