In E1 Salvador, widespread violence and assassinations have continued despite the recent government campaign to intensify patrols and to contain the spate of bombings and attacks.
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Background: In E1 Salvador, widespread violence and assassinations have continued despite the recent government campaign to intensify patrols and to contain the spate of bombings and attacks. On Thursday (28 August) more than thirty guerrillas were killed in a battle with troops after two fuel tanks at a hydro-electric plant two miles (three kilometres) outside the capital, San Salvador, were set alright, and clashes between left and right wing groups were also reported elsewhere in the country.
SYNOPSIS: The sight of victims from E1 Salvador's undeclared civil war between left and the right has become an almost daily occurrence. Nine people lost their lives on Thursday (28 August) when they were gunned down as police chased suspected guerrillas in a suburb of the capital San Salvador. The bodies were left lying on the streets until the hard pressed police and ambulance services could come and pick them up and take them away for identification.
The troubles in E1 Salvador have cost almost four thousand lives this year and threaten the stability of the entire region. Although the junta has promised elections, there are no plans for them in the immediate future. Meanwhile the ruling junta has placed water and power services, communications, ports and airports under military jurisdiction in a move to try and prevent strikes and ensure their smooth operation.
Another fatality on Thursday was forty-five year old Alcides Guanique who died in a hail of bullet as he drove newspaper owner Rodolfo Dutriz to the office
Mr. Dutriz, who runs the conservative paper, Prensa Grafica, has been accused by leftists of distorting news in favour of the "rightist oligarchy". Mr. Dutriz was wounded in the incident and reported to be in a fair condition.
In another development on Thursday police seeped in an unregistered medical clinic which they thought was being used to treat wounded guerrillas. The increasing militarisation of E1 Salvador results from profound fears expressed by the officer corps that the Left will stop at nothing less than the total destruction of the armed forces. However this plays into the hands of rightwingers who believe that the left can still be crushed by force and so the violence continues.