Left-wing groups in El Salvador have widened their united front in efforts to overthrow the ruling civilian-military junta.
GV Delegates of the Popular Liberation Movement (MLP) take rostrum for news conference in San Salvador. (2 SHOTS)
SV Leoncio Pichine, delegate from LP-28 group, speaking in Spanish.
GV Crowd applauding.
SV PAN EXTERIOR OF Christian Democrat headquarters in San Salvador.
SV Adolfo Rey Prendes, Official of Christian Democrat Party speaking in Spanish.
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Background: Left-wing groups in El Salvador have widened their united front in efforts to overthrow the ruling civilian-military junta. A new member group - the Popular Liberation Movement (MLP) was welcomed at a meeting of the Front on Friday (9 May).
SYNOPSIS: Delegates of the MLP met at the San Salvador University in the capital. Their meeting came exactly one week after reports that the junta had crushed an attempted rightist coup led by former President, General Carlos Romero. A delegate from the LP-28 group, Senor Leoncio Pichinte, addressed a news conference. The leftist groups believe they will be able to topple the junta through a united effort. The reported attempted coup by General Romero and two of his aides was the second the junta has survived since February. The General's accomplices were alleged to have been former Defence Minister, Eduardo Irahea, and former National Guard intelligence major, Roberto D'Abuisson. Junta members claimed the plotters had been banking on support from military garrisons in three provincial centres, but said a junta member had persuaded the soldiers to abandon the effort without firing a shot.
Meanwhile, the Christian Democratic Movement also gave a news conference at their headquarters in San Salvador.
The Christian Democrats are represented on the junta, and their provisional secretary general, Dr. Adolfo Ray Prendes, spoke of the attempted coup. The junta said the men it named as the coup leaders had been trying for some time to upset the government because they opposed its reforms. In March, the junta made changes in the country's agrarian and banking systems to try to break the hold it says a wealthy elite of ultra-conservative businessmen and farmers has maintained in El Salvador for many years.