• Short Summary

    In a speech to the El Salvador Coffee Association Convention on Wednesday (20 February) Association director Oscar Serrato called for a military coup d'etat to put down the current round of left-wing militancy.

  • Description

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    GV EXTERIOR OF: Cinema where conference held
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    2.
    GV: Oscar Serrato speaking in Spanish
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    3.
    GV PAN ACROSS: Audience as Serrato continues to speak
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    4.
    GV: Oscar Serrato speaking in Spanish
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    5.
    GV: Audience clapping.
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    6.
    CU: Oscar Serrato speaking in Spanish
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    7.
    GV AND ZOOM INTO CU: Audience applauding
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    Background: In a speech to the El Salvador Coffee Association Convention on Wednesday (20 February) Association director Oscar Serrato called for a military coup d'etat to put down the current round of left-wing militancy. Coffee is El Salvador's principal crop and major source of export revenue. The coffee producers say the industry is being threatened by left wing demands for agrarian reform. And the Association says the ruling Christian Democratic party is communist because of its criticism of the landowning classes.

    SYNOPSIS: The Convention was held at a city cinema.

    In his speech to Coffee Association members, Mr Serrato likened the present wave of leftwing violence to the situation in El Salvador in 1932. At that time, under the Presidency of General Hernandez Martinez the situation was resolved by rounding up the peasants who were demanding reforms. Mr Serrato said that the current situation could be resolved in a similar fashion. He claimed that unless decisive action was taken against them, the militants would gain a victory. And he said he was not prepared to give in to the militants' demands. "I have faith in the military" he emphasised.

    Mr Serrato went on to say that if the government continued to evade its responsibility and failed to take decisive action, he and other coffee producers had an obligation to the people of El Salvador to force the issue. He urged all people of conscience to support his call for a military takeover of the government as soon as possible.

    While the convention was in progress the ruling civilian-military junta announced that it would not respect agreements over reforms reached with leftist militants in ending occupations of embassies and government offices.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5PJAW8274YBTPKHM40Y0ZDHRD
    Media URN:
    VLVA5PJAW8274YBTPKHM40Y0ZDHRD
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/02/1980
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:33:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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