Supporters of El Salvador's new government were expected to take the streets on Wednesday (24 October) to show their support for its proposed programme of sweeping economic and political reforms.
Supporters of El Salvador's new government were expected to take the streets on Wednesday (24 October) to show their support for its proposed programme of sweeping economic and political reforms. Organisers were hoping that thousands of workers and students would attend the rally following Tuesday's (23 October) lifting of martial law. And three thousand left-wingers, chanting anti-government slogans attended the funeral on Tuesday (23 October) of two of their number killed in clashes with security forces the day before.
SYNOPSIS: Supporters of the Marxist Popular Revolutionary Bloc took over San Salvador's Metropolitan Cathedral on Monday (22 October) in what was seen as a test of the new ruling Junta.
Four people were reported killed when government security forces opened fire on the anti-government demonstrators. The troops said they were searching for weapons when the violence broke out.
The joint civilian-military Junta seized power in a bloodless coup from rightist President Carlos Romero. The new government has promised far reaching social reforms, respect for human rights and free elections next year. But in its first week in office thirty-nine people have died in continuing political violence.
The government appealed for a truce ???nd two left-wing parties agreed. The popular revolutionary bloc, has pledged to continue its anti-government activities but with the lifting of curfew and the end of martial law, violence is beginning to ease off.