A Mexican journalist was shot dead in San Salvador on Friday (8 August) while covering a gun-fight between left-wing guerrillas and the security forces.
GV Cars and buses in street in San Salvador, El Salvador.
GV & SV People walking along street. (2 SHOTS)
GV PAN Exterior wall and gates of residence.
SV Men fitting new gates.
TV, GV & SV Walls round grounds of residence with barbed wire gates.
GV INTERIOR Body of Ignacio Rodriguez on bed in hospital with journalists standing nearby, and photographer taking pictures. (2 SHOTS)
CU Face of dead man Rodriguez.
GVs Journalists take pictures of Rodriguez' body. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: A Mexican journalist was shot dead in San Salvador on Friday (8 August) while covering a gun-fight between left-wing guerrillas and the security forces. The correspondent is one of an estimated three thousand people killed in disturbances in El Salvador since last October. Mass worker revolt against the new military junta looks as though it could bring the country's industry to its knees.
SYNOPSIS: While the capital returned to work on Friday (8 August) after a national religious holiday, the leftist Democratic Revolutionary Front called for a three-day strike from Wednesday (13 August). A Front spokesman warned the strike would be a prelude to planned mass insurrection.
One of the many businesses adversely affected by strikes and by fears for El Salvador's political future is the construction industry. New building projects have been shelved because of lack of foreign investment.
But construction workers have found alternative employment. They build brick and concrete fortresses around the homes of wealthy citizens who live in fear of guerilla attacks and kidnappings.
The Journalist who died on Friday (8 August) was Ignacio Rodriguez, a correspondent for a Mexican magazine. He was hit by a stray bullet when he went with colleagues to report a guerrilla attempt to invade government offices. Rodriguez was driven to hospital but found dead on arrival. El Salvador's ruling civilian-military junta later issued a statement saying it profoundly regretted the journalist's death.
The government have condemned recent Mexican newspaper and magazine articles on El Salvador. They claim reports describing the country as disintegrating are inaccurate.