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    VARIOUS LOCATIONS, EL SALVADOR

    INTRODUCTION: Political violence has intensified in El Salvador in Central America, following a relative lull.

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    VARIOUS LOCATIONS, EL SALVADOR

    GV Troops in street in Usulutan Province 0.07
    GV & SV Soldiers move off through streets (3 shots) 0.26
    GV & SV Troops into bush (3 shots) 0.45
    SV Troops across creek 0.53
    GV Destroyed bridge on road to Morazan 1.01
    SV Roadblock on bridge of San Vincente (2 shots) 1.16
    MCU Soldiers on watch as bridge repaired (4 shots) 1.27
    GV Traffic jam 1.31
    GV Vehicle fording river 1.43
    GV & SV Market scenes (3 shots) 1.50
    SV Man sells clothing from car 1.54
    SV Cloth stall/GV Market (2 shots) 1.59

    Background: VARIOUS LOCATIONS, EL SALVADOR

    INTRODUCTION: Political violence has intensified in El Salvador in Central America, following a relative lull. Leftist guerrillas reportedly attacked power pylons and bridges in the latest actions, and have also detonated bombs in commercial centres. On Thursday (13 August) four fires were started in the capital, San Salvador, police said. On the same day, the former United States Ambassador to El Salvador, Robert White, criticised President Reagan for as he put it, making no effort to resolve Central America's problems other than by military assistance. Mr. White was sacked from his post earlier this year for opposing American military aid to the Salvadorean junta.

    SYNOPSIS: Guerrillas have ben active in eastern provinces, and government forces have had to be dispatched to the area to reinforce beleaguered units. In the provinces of San Vincente, Morazan, and here in Usulutan, the forces opposed to the military-civilian junta have recently fought major battles and blown up key installations such as power stations.

    Hundreds of government troops were sent to the province of Morazan (about 170 kilometres east of San Salvador). The reinforcements were sent in following claims by the guerrillas on Tuesday (11 August) that they were in control of the town of Perquin (pronounced Per-KEEN). On-the-spot sources said at least 20 government soldiers had been killed.

    One of the tasks facing the troops sent in was to repair damaged bridges which had cut the road into Morazan province. As the troops continued into the province, reports from Perquin said an undetermined number of soldiers in the area were pinned down by the guerrillas.

    As bridges on the route to the eastern province are repaired the security forces are on guard to ensure that the guerrillas do not repeat the attack.

    In the meantime, local people cope as well as they can with their bridges damaged and under repair.

    But despite the fighting, life in many centres goes as usual. People still get to markets and live as close as possible to normal lives, despite the discomforts and hardships they have to endure.

    Source: REUTERS EL SALVADOR

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    Film ID:
    VLVA79UCYWR9ICUYV13FGW5OOZVZB
    Media URN:
    VLVA79UCYWR9ICUYV13FGW5OOZVZB
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/08/1981
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:59:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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