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.
GV Building with anti government banner hanging across balcony (2 SHOTS)
GV Demonstrators out-side Labour Ministry
MV Demonstrators holding banner
SV Ministry Building
SV Banner hanging from ministry building PAN ACROSS TO man addressing meeting (3 SHOTS)
SV & CU Demonstrators marching and shouting (2 SHOTS)
CU Demonstrators running (2 SHOTS)
MV Demonstrators carrying banners in procession
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Background: 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.