In El Salvador, the Roman Catholic church, long a thorn in the side of the country's regime, is once again protesting against what it calls government repression and police brutality.
GV San Isidoro Catholic church with voice of San Salvador's Archbishop Oscar Romero speaking from church.
GV Crowds outside church.
CU Archbishop Romero shaking hands with crowds as they leave church. (3 SHOTS)
SV Crowd leaving church.
GV Metropolitan Cathedral with speakers' voice being relayed to crowds.
SV Banners on cathedral.
GV Pickets handing out leaflets and collecting money. (3 SHOTS)
GV People going into church.
SV People receiving leaflets outside church.
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Background: In El Salvador, the Roman Catholic church, long a thorn in the side of the country's regime, is once again protesting against what it calls government repression and police brutality. Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero condemned the Government in a sermon on Sunday (19 August) and two hundred nuns and priests began a fast of protest.
SYNOPSIS: In el Salvador the stage is set for a confrontation between the two men who could bring an end to the ???ra of bloodshed and violence prevailing in the country. Both men are named Romero, but apart from peasant backgrounds they have little else in common. One is President Carlos Humberto Romero, and the other, the wiry Archbishop, Oscar Arnulfo Romero. Every Sunday the Archbishop uses his pulpit to denounce the violence of the Left and the Right, but he also accuses the military of unnecessary violence and repression.
President Romero came to power in 1977 as the army candidate in disputed elections. The military has effectively ruled the country since 1932 and a few people say they believe its promise to surrender its power by 1982 when the next elections are scheduled.
While nuns fasted outside the San Isidoro church, leftists gathered outside Sal Salvador's main cathedral on Sunday (19 August) to begin a similar protest fast against military violence and repression.