March 18, 1997 |
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.
November 4, 1994 |
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.
August 9, 1994 |
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.
April 30, 1994 |
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.
March 14, 1994 |
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."
August 19, 1993 |
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.