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April 24, 1988
Leftist guerrillas in El Salvador battling the U.S.-backed government said they will prevent newly elected mayors from taking office and cited their recent assassination of one mayor. A message broadcast by the rebels' Radio Venceremos began with "a call to all mayors" and said: "The FMLN (Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front) will not permit you to exercise your functions."
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June 21, 2000 | JUANITA DARLING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Beto met Manuel Ortega in the midst of this country's bloodiest massacre in half a century. Cpl. Ortega first spotted 6-year-old Beto when another soldier aimed his weapon at a movement in the brush. Ortega stopped him from firing at the boy, who was leading a horse to an isolated house, then saved Beto again during an attack on the house that no one was supposed to survive.
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March 18, 1989 | From Reuters
Guerrillas in El Salvador recently received large new deliveries of Soviet Bloc weapons at a time they were expressing interest in a political settlement of their country's civil war, the United States said Friday. "They are additional arms, and in terms of the kind of arms, I believe they are of different kind," State Department spokesman Charles Redman told reporters. "There have been large deliveries.
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March 6, 1999 | MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A decade ago, the search for Joaquin Villalobos required a bone-grinding jeep trip past hostile army checkpoints, across a mined riverbed and into the rough mountains of El Salvador. Even that might come to naught if one of Latin America's ablest and most ruthless guerrilla leaders refused to show his face to outsiders, as he often did for years at a time.
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November 13, 1989 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bush Administration officials on Sunday labeled the weekend offensive by leftist guerrillas in El Salvador "a move of desperation" that shows their weakness rather than new military strength.
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November 21, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Hundreds of leftist rebels attacked more than a dozen military positions across El Salvador on Tuesday, leaving at least 27 people dead and 141 wounded, authorities said. Rebel and military sources said the overnight clashes took place in the provinces of Morazan, Usulutan, Chalatenango, La Paz, San Salvador, Cuscatlan and La Libertad.
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April 15, 1988 | MICHAEL WINES, Times Staff Writer
Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Sanchez charged the Soviet Union on Thursday with aiding leftist rebels in defiance of a Central American peace accord and urged President Reagan to press the issue with Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev at their Moscow summit meeting late next month. Speaking to the annual meeting of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, Arias said he is "very disappointed" with Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard A. Shevardnadze.
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October 26, 1989 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hinting broadly at an extraordinary snub of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, Secretary of State James A. Baker III said Wednesday that he is reluctant to change his Middle East peace proposals in response to Israeli demands because that would only produce other demands from the Arabs.
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August 21, 1987 | MARJORIE MILLER, Times Staff Writer
Spokesmen for Nicaragua's contras and for El Salvador's political exiles said Thursday that they are considering sending high-level representatives back to their respective countries to take part in a legal opposition under the terms of a preliminary peace accord signed by the presidents of the five Central American nations.
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August 14, 1987 | MARJORIE MILLER, Times Staff Writer
President Jose Napoleon Duarte offered Thursday to meet with Salvadoran guerrillas to discuss a cease-fire, and he called on Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega to sit down with the contras fighting the Managua government on the same day. Duarte proposed holding the simultaneous talks on Sept. 15, the day Central America celebrates its independence from Spain. He did not make it clear whether the Nicaraguan talks are a condition for the Salvadoran meeting.
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March 18, 1997 | JUANITA DARLING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In this decade's first favorable election showing for Central American leftists, Salvadoran guerrillas-turned-politicians took control of the country's major city halls and positioned themselves to vie with the extreme right wing for control of the Legislative Assembly.
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November 4, 1994 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Joaquin Villalobos, who as a master guerrilla strategist eluded capture during 12 years of civil war, completed Day 16 as a prisoner Thursday, awaiting the outcome of a defamation lawsuit. Two years after peace accords ended the war, legal maneuvering has done to Villalobos what an army backed by billions of U.S. dollars never could. Villalobos was sued by a wealthy businessman he accused of having financed the right-wing death squads that terrorized Salvadorans through much of the 1980s.
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August 9, 1994 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There are no 'mysteries' in History. Only suppressions, the lies of those who write History. -- from poem titled "Reflection" from "The Banned History of Tom Thumb" by Roque Dalton * As one of this country's best-known poets and an unabashed revolutionary, Roque Dalton escaped many brushes with death. Right-wing Salvadoran dictatorships captured him time and again, but he always got away. It was at the hands of his own leftist guerrilla comrades that Dalton's luck ran out.
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April 30, 1994 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For years, the two men wanted nothing more than to kill each other. Yet there they sat on a television studio set, arguing over election results and El Salvador's journey from war to peace. Schafik Handal, the Communist head of El Salvador's former guerrillas, and Gen. Mauricio Vargas, a senior army commander until his retirement last year, became increasingly animated and heated as the moderator looked on helplessly.
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March 14, 1994 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Leftist presidential candidate Ruben Zamora, flanked by former guerrillas who until recently were waging civil war, gazed out Sunday over the smattering of red flags waving in this town's central plaza. "(My opponents) want to look at a past of suffering and explosion . . . a past that must be left behind," he told the small crowd. "(We) want to walk to the future . . . a future that we dreamed of, fought for, year after year."
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August 19, 1993 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hoping to put to rest an episode that devastated the credibility of El Salvador's former guerrillas and embarrassed the United Nations, U.N. officials certified Wednesday that the onetime rebels have finally surrendered the bulk of their weapons. An explosion three months ago in a hidden arms dump in Nicaragua revealed that the leftist guerrillas, despite their assurances to the contrary, had hidden tons of weapons, including antiaircraft missiles, in violation of U.N.
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July 4, 1993 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With great fanfare and even a few tears, El Salvador's leftist guerrillas six months ago turned in their weapons and formed a legal political party as part of landmark peace accords that ended this country's savage civil war. Now the former guerrillas stand accused of having deliberately lied when they said they were disarming.
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April 2, 1993 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two army officers convicted in the 1989 murders of six Jesuit priests, their cook and her daughter were released from prison Thursday as part of a new blanket amnesty sponsored by President Alfredo Cristiani. In response to U.S. pressure, however, government officials now say the amnesty, decreed last month for all Salvadorans guilty of war crimes, will not be granted to leftist guerrillas who killed U.S. servicemen during the conflict. The officers convicted in the Jesuits' murders, Col.
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