Left-wing organisations fighting for power in El Salvador held a demonstration in the streets of the capital on Thursday (28 February).
GVs Armed soldiers checking vehicle in streets of San Salvador (3 shots)
GV Demonstrators carrying banners march through streets (3 shots)
SV Demonstrator handing leaflets to onlookers as demonstrators march past
SV Demonstrator spraying slogans on walls
GV Demonstrators rallying in square
GV TILT DOWN FROM Liberty Statue TO representative addressing crowd and crowd cheering
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Background: Left-wing organisations fighting for power in El Salvador held a demonstration in the streets of the capital on Thursday (28 February). They were commemorating the anniversary of clashes between anti-government protestors and security forces in 1977.
SYNOPSIS: February 28, 1977 has become a symbolic date for the left-wing Popular Revolutionary Block (BPR), one of the groups which organised last Thursday's (28 February) march. For them, as for other revolutionary groups in El Salvador the date has become a slogan for their continuing fight for government reforms.
On February 20 1977 Presidential elections were held and the following day General Carlos Humberto Romero, the candidate of the ruling National Reconciliation Party, (PCN) was declared the winner. The opposition parties alleged a massive electoral fraud had been carried out by the PCN. Thousands of opposition supporters and other demonstrators occupied San Salvador's Liberty Square, maintaining they would not leave until an inquiry had been held and the election results annulled.
Barricades were erected and a public transport strike paralysed the city. The government declared a stage of siege. There were further clashes between demonstrators and troops and left-wing groups claim that two-hundred demonstrators were killed by the security forces on that day.
Thursday's (28 February) anniversary demonstration ended with a rally in Liberty Square, the same square occupied by demonstrators in 1977.
At the rally a left-wing spokesman urged the demonstrators to remember those who had been killed in the struggle for government reforms. He denounced the ruling junta and called for a revolutionary government in El Salvador.