INTRODUCTION: Leaders of the guerrilla groups in El Salvador said recently that they were embarking on a campaign for international support in their struggle against the government.
GV Marchers with banners in streets of Caracas
CU Priest holding banner
SV Heavy cluster of banners being carried
GV Effigy with message "Calvani Sapo Asesino"
GV Man with effigy in back of truck
CU PULL BACK TO GV Doctored portrait of President Reagan (teeth blacked out) on Stars and Stripes poster
GV Marchers with banners with women and children on balcony watching (2 shots)
GV ZOOM IN TO SV PAN Demonstrators singing behind banner
LV Demonstrators with banners and flags
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Leaders of the guerrilla groups in El Salvador said recently that they were embarking on a campaign for international support in their struggle against the government. Students in Venezuela responded on Thursday (22 January) to a call to demonstrate their solidarity with the revolutionary movement in El Salvador.
SYNOPSIS: Several thousand demonstrators, organised by the Student Federation of the Central University of Venezuela, marched through Caracas to the University campus. Their slogans and banners showed their hostility towards the present military-civilian junta in El Salvador; to their own government for supporting it; and particularly, towards the government of the United States.
There was abuse, too, for the university authorities. The former Foreign Minister of Venezuela, Aristides Calvani -- who was called "a toad" and "an assassin" -- is also Professor of Law at the Central University.
But President Reagan was the favourite target. The United States, which reinstated military aid to the junta in the last week of Mr. Carter's Presidency, has since stepped up its economic aid too.
The revolutionary movement is starting to attract international non-Communist support. On Friday (23 January), the Socialist International, which represents fifty Social Democratic parties in different countries, called on all foreign governments and outside forces to stop any backing for the junta in El Salvador.