Guerrillas in the Central American countries of Guatemala and E1 Salvador have attacked essential power lines and pylons while governments in both countries are cracking down on opposition forces.
GV Roadblock in Guatemala City
SV Police stop a car
SV Armed police stand in street. Police car at road block (3 shots)
GV Police outside office building, dead body lies on pavement SV body on pavement (4 shots)
GV Sabotaged pylon and power lines lying on ground (2 shots)
SV Workers repairing pylon
GV Dead bodies on ground on street in La Libertad
SV Dead woman lies on ground. CU dead bodies on ground, as other people look on (5 shots)
GV Fallen pylons lay on ground in view near Chaletenango
GV PAN OVER Fallen pylon with repairmen working on it (3 shots)
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Background: Guerrillas in the Central American countries of Guatemala and E1 Salvador have attacked essential power lines and pylons while governments in both countries are cracking down on opposition forces. A common sight in Guatemala City are the police and military roadblocks set up in the streets, where motorists are routinely stopped and questioned. On Tuesday (19 January), the military presence was even stronger in the city after the shooting of two people outside a large office building. Police say the assailants are unknown. In La Libertad on the El Salvadorean coast, six bodies littered one of the town's dusty streets. They were shot dead in what was seen as a tough crackdown by the government on guerrillas and sympathisers. Meanwhile, guerrillas launched successful attacks on power lines in the valley near the town of Chalentenango. Repairmen worked feverishly to restore the essential lines which had been destroyed in a bombing attack.