• Short Summary

    Left-wing militants occupying the Spanish embassy in San Salvador yesterday (12 February) released the Spanish Ambassador Victor Sanchez Mezas.

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    GV University building and banners draped across top of building (2 shots)
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    CU ZOOM OUT EXTERIOR Picture of Che Guevara and others
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    LV Entrance to University with banners
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    CU Spokeswoman for LP-28 speaking in Spanish (3 shots)
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    Background: Left-wing militants occupying the Spanish embassy in San Salvador yesterday (12 February) released the Spanish Ambassador Victor Sanchez Mezas. But five other hostages are still being held inside the embassy to back the militants demands for the release of five imprisoned comrades. On Monday (11 February) other members of the Popular League of February 28 (LP-28), the group which took over the embassy, held a news conference and called for an end to government repression.

    SYNOPSIS: Members of the LP-28 met at El Salvador's National University, where most of the anti-government political action fronts have their offices. A wave of political violence has continued in El Salvador over the last six months. Left-wing groups are dissatisfied with the pace of reforms under the civilian military junta which came to power last October, and have declared war against the authorities.

    Addressing the news conference a spokeswoman for LP-28 called on the people of El Salvador to join the group in its struggle against the government. She said a general mobilisation was needed for a war of revenge against repression.

    The spokeswoman went on the reply to an offer made by the Democratic Christian Party to exchange some of their own party members for the Spanish embassy hostages. She said the Christian Democrats claimed they were concerned about the human rights of the Spanish Embassy hostages, but in fact the hostages were being well treated. They were eating and sleeping well and were not being tortured. But she alleged that militant colleagues of the LP-28 had been abducted by the junta and it was these left-wingers whose rights had been violated. She urged young people in the Christian Democratic Party to go out to the country areas to see for themselves what the government was doing. She claimed the junta was repressing the people and abducting militants in order to cover up its own crimes.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA39BNLJCMMKQ65D0A2ZTG3C8II
    Media URN:
    VLVA39BNLJCMMKQ65D0A2ZTG3C8II
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/02/1980
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:49:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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