Left wing organisation fighting for power in El Salvador have announced a programme for revolutionary government after more violence in which at least 22 people died.
SV INTERIOR Market sellers, men and women, inside the administrative offices
CU "LP 28" Document on table PAN UP TO Group around table
SV Women sellers standing in doorway
SV Women sellers giving clenched-first salute PAN TO Old lady explaining (in Spanish) motives for occupation
SV Women with clenched fist and chanting in Spanish
SV INTERIOR Hostages being held
SV INTERIOR Man with children speaking to official at desk
GV PAN People in the market centre EXTERIOR
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Background: Left wing organisation fighting for power in El Salvador have announced a programme for revolutionary government after more violence in which at least 22 people died. The four political groups, whose guerrillas are engaged in virtual civil war with security forces and right wing extremists, set out a joint political plan calling for an independent Marxist-type state. On Monday, one of the groups - the Popular League of February 28 (LP-28) - occupied the San Salvador market place and its offices, taking an number of employees as hostages.
SYNOPSIS: Members of the LP-28 said the occupation of the market place and it's offices was to obtain better conditions for the sellers. They called for a one hundred and fifty percent increase in wages; better equipment; and free medical treatment. The occupation followed the disappearance of the group's leader, who is believed to have been abducted by opponents.
So far this year about one hundred and fifty people have died as the right and left have fought to bring about the collapse of the civilian-military junta which took power from President Carlos Humberto Romero last October. The joint plan, announced at a press conference by the left wing organisations, includes the dissolution of the armed forces extensive nationalisation and the establishment of a `Revolutionary Democratic Government.'.
The two groups leading the self-styled Revolutionary Co-ordinating Committee--the LP-28 and the Popular Revolutionary Bloc (BPR)--have both claimed their leaders have disappeared.