On the 15th anniversary (Friday, 22 January) of an uprising in El Salvador in which 30,000 peasants were killed when the army moved in to put down the rebellion, the country has gone on full alert.
GV Bus at army checkpoint in Usulutan Province with soldiers checking passengers' belongings (4 shots)
SV Young man detained after being caught, allegedly in possession of drugs
GV Soldiers standing guard
CU Tied hands of young man detained for alleged drug possession
GV Guerrilla collecting money from passengers through bus windows
GV & SV Guerrilla watches as a colleague collects money from truck driver (2 shots)
GV Guerrillas moving through scrubland
GVs & CU Guerrillas taking bread from stopped truck, stacking loaves on ground and carrying bread away (3 shots)
GVs Troops boarding truck and truck driving off (3 shots)
GV Countryside with audio of shooting in background
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Background: On the 15th anniversary (Friday, 22 January) of an uprising in El Salvador in which 30,000 peasants were killed when the army moved in to put down the rebellion, the country has gone on full alert. The ruling military junta, fearing a guerrilla offensive to mark the anniversary called out the armed forces as security was stepped up. The clamp down also resulted in the arrest of several youths, suspected of carrying drugs. Despite the move, guerrillas were seen operating openly in several provinces -- including Usulutan where they hijacked food trucks and stopped buses to demand money from passengers.