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    SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR

    In San Salvador, the president of El Salvador's Human Rights Commission, Marianella Garcia Villas, was buried on March 19.

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    1. CU ZOOM OUT TO GV: Marianella Garcia Villas, president of El Salvador's Human Rights Commission lies in her coffin. 0.13
    2. SV: Mother kneels, crying in church 0.17
    3. SV: Well-wishers pay last respects as body lies in coffin (3 shots) 0.43
    4. SV EXTERIOR: Mourners weep (2 shots) 0.51
    5. SV ZOOM TO GV: Mourners queue up to pay last respects (2 shots) 1.08
    6. SV: Family help to remove coffin from church 1.37
    7. GV: Crowd look on as coffin is driven away in hearse 1.46
    8. SV TILT DOWN: Mother weeps over coffin 2.00
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    Background: SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR

    In San Salvador, the president of El Salvador's Human Rights Commission, Marianella Garcia Villas, was buried on March 19. A large crowd of mourners attended the church service, while her mother wept on her knees. Mrs. Garcia Villas was believed to have died on March 17 while escorting a group of 30 civilians to the town of Suchitoto to escape a bombardment by troops of General Guillermo Garcia. The Human Rights Commission announced her death with a full-page advertisement in Mexican newspapers, which said that Mr. Garcia Villas, 34, had been engaged in compiling an field report for the United Nations on human rights observance by guerilla and government troops. The advertisement said she has investigating and gathering proof over the use of - against civilians - lethal chemicals such as white phosphorous. The army authorities said she was killed during a clash between government troops and guerrilla forces. This was denied by the commission and by Radio Vencemeros, the insurgent mouthpiece.

    The World Council of Churches said in Geneva on March 20 that she had been "assassinated" during his investigations into the use of chemical weapons. Mrs. Garcia Villas' brother-in-law, Hector Urrutia, told reporters after the funeral that he believed she was alive when the army found her and that she had been leading women and children away from battle zone. It was first though she was a journalists when her body was discovered,as she was carrying several cameras, and identification was only possible through her fingerprints.

    Source: REUTERS - ERICO ZAS CANO

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    Film ID:
    VLVAE1ME6AIW1KHNYLNEPUDVJD3I8
    Media URN:
    VLVAE1ME6AIW1KHNYLNEPUDVJD3I8
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/03/1983
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    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:02:00
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