The wave of political violence continued in El Salvador on Friday (22 February) when four people were killed in and around the capital of San Salvador, as fighting escalated between left-wing and right-wing forces.
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Background: The wave of political violence continued in El Salvador on Friday (22 February) when four people were killed in and around the capital of San Salvador, as fighting escalated between left-wing and right-wing forces. There was more bloodshed the day before (21 February) when six men were reported to have been shot dead and a women wounded in the streets of the capital.
SYNOPSIS: Two of the men killed by unidentified gunmen were said to be students who were driving through San Salvador. The shootings came after a day of mounting tension of Wednesday (20 February) when twenty-thousand transport workers went on strike protesting against the violence and tanks patrolled the streets.
Militants groups opposing El Salvador's government have seized a number of foreign missions and public offices in the past few weeks to demand the release of political prisoners. Most of these occupations ended last Tuesday (19 February) following the release of several prisoners. A day earlier (18 Monday, February) the militants ended a peaceful two-week occupation of the Spanish Embassy. But the ruling junta, which is both civilian and military, says it will not respect agreements made with leftist militants to end these occupations.
Because of the increasing bloodshed, diplomatic missions in El Salvador have either reduced their staffs or moved out. One bloody gun battle took place on February 12 when members of the left-wing LP28, the Popular League of February, 28, opened fire and killed a policeman. Five members of the LP-28 were killed.
The troubled central American republic has experienced a wave of political violence for the post six months. There is wide-spread dissatisfaction over the pace of reforms under the Junta which came to power last October. The present violence has increased rumours of a possible military takeover of the government.