At least 20 people were killed in political violence in El Salvador on Tuesday and Wednesday (21 and 22 April).
GV EXTERIOR: Dead man lying on road with people grouped around, near San Salvador (2 shots)
CU: Candle in glass jar beside body
SCU AND SV: Women by body and people donate money into plastic bag (3 shots)
GV AND SVs: Bomb damaged building. (5 shots)
GV PAN: Main doors to university
GV INTERIOR: People seated behind table on stage, before audience
GV: Students applauding
SCU: Revolutionary Democratic Front President, Enrique Alvarez Habalndo speaking in Spanish and students clap. (2 shots)
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Background: At least 20 people were killed in political violence in El Salvador on Tuesday and Wednesday (21 and 22 April). And on Thursday (24 April) another man was killed as guerrillas bombed a newspaper office in the capital San Salvador.
SYNOPSIS: One man was killed when a bomb destroyed the offices of the paper Pulgarcito. A few days previously the offices of another newspaper La Cronica were also destroyed.
The Political violence, carried out by left-and-right wing extremists in recent months, shows no signs of abating. Police could not say which group of extremists was responsible for the killing of 13 other people who were found dead in the towns of San Miguel, Zacatecoluca, and Sonsonate.
The main government concern is the high rate of daily killings. Newspapers estimated that about 30 people are killed every day, many of them police or members of the armed forces. Human Rights officials believe that 2,300 people have been killed over the past six months in politically motivated violence.
The university of San Salvador has been the scene of strong political agitation. One part of the university has been bombed, while in another building leftist groups met and signed a declaration of unity against the government. On Thursday (24 April) another revolutionary meeting was held.
Mr Enrique Alvarez Hablando President of a new party, the Revolutionary Democratic Front, addressed the meeting. Party followers were concerned at the recent kidnapping of Mr Alvarez Cordova, a former Minister of Agriculture. He was kidnapped three days after he announced he was setting up the new party which is left wing. Mr Cordova was released later and questioned by police. Several government ministers have also resigned in recent weeks as the country slips further towards civil war. On the domestic front there is also unrest. Electrical workers are threatening an all-out strike after holding a two-hour stoppage which recently paralysed the capital.