• Short Summary

    Extreme left wing factions openly defied the new civilian-military government in El Salvador while violence and looting occurred in the streets of the capital San Salvador.

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    Extreme left wing factions openly defied the new civilian-military government in El Salvador while violence and looting occurred in the streets of the capital San Salvador. The leftists were holding hundreds of hostages after taking over two ministries in the city.

    SYNOPSIS: The Labour and Economic ministries were taken over and the people in them, numbering up to 1,500 according to one report, were taken hostage. They include two newly-appointed government ministers. The new government was set up earlier this month (15 October) after the right-wing President Carlos Humberto Romero was overthrown. It promised a return to democracy, and said it would introduce sweeping social improvements. But the leftist unrest poses a major challenge to the rulers of this small Central American country.

    Dozens of people were reported injured when demonstrators stoned a rally. No troops or police were sighted by reporters as looters ransacked stores and set vehicles ablaze. The Marxist Popular Revolutionary Bloc has refused to join other leftist groups in a partial truce with the new junta.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA64UZZDE6WL4LH27D8P7AJ18R3
    Media URN:
    VLVA64UZZDE6WL4LH27D8P7AJ18R3
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/10/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:04:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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