In El Salvador leftists who oppose the ruling junta called for a protest march on wednesday (5 December) in the capital of San Salvador.
In El Salvador leftists who oppose the ruling junta called for a protest march on wednesday (5 December) in the capital of San Salvador. But less than a thousand demonstrators turned out to protest the detention of political prisoners and to call for higher wages and an end to inflation.
SYNOPSIS: El Rosario Church in San Salvador is occupied by a group of factory workers, members of the leftist group -- the Popular Revolutionary Block (PRB).
Several members of the group stood outside the church to publicise their occupation and to call for followers to join a protest march through the city. Continued protests against the ruling junta have led to rumours that a coup was a possibility.
The organisers were disappointed by the turn-out. But theirs was the latest in a series of protest that have disrupted the small Central American country in the last few months. The day before, security forces used tear gas to drive out strikers from a cotton plantation they had seized to back demands for a wage increase.
The leftists criticise the detention of some of their sympathisers. They say they say they are being held without trial. According to a military spokesman the workers at the occupied cotton plantation were dispersed by tear gas. Nine other cotton plantations were still being held by strikers, who were campaigning for a fifty percent increase in wages to about six dollars a month.
In early November the Popular Revolutionary Block which represents between thirty and sixty thousand workers and students held a march in the capital to demand social and economic reforms. At that time the junta agreed to examine many of their demands.
The PRB's demands then included a one hundred percent pay rise for all workers, and information on alleged political prisoners or missing people. More than a month later the group continues to march to bring attention to the same issues. And they have pledged to continue their campaign.