June 11, 1989 |
Assassins firing submachine guns from a moving car Friday killed the new government's most senior Cabinet minister and two bodyguards as they drove from the minister's home, officials said. The armed forces and leaders of the governing right-wing Republican Nationalist Alliance blamed leftist guerrillas who have pledged to make the country ungovernable. Rebels did not immediately claim responsibility. Jose Antonio Rodriguez Porth, 73, who was minister of the presidency and President Alfredo Cristiani's closest adviser, died shortly after arriving at Zaldivar Hospital, a nurse said on condition of anonymity.
June 23, 1989 |
The armed wing of the Salvadoran Communist Party, acting independently of its allies in the country's Marxist guerrilla movement, is responsible for a recent wave of political assassinations and attacks, including the murder of the country's attorney general, sources close to the guerrillas say. However, urban commando units of the Armed Liberation Forces, as the party's armed wing is called, did not kill Jose Antonio Rodriguez Porth, one of...
June 10, 1989 |
Jose Antonio Rodriguez Porth, an ultra-right-wing ideologue who was one of President Alfredo Cristiani's closest advisers, was assassinated here Friday nine days after taking office as presidential chief of staff. The 73-year-old Rodriguez Porth, whose formal title was minister of the presidency, was shot to death at 8:10 a.m. (7:10 PDT) just as he was entering a station wagon parked in front of his house in the La Mascota district of the city. His driver, Juan Gilberto Clara Carranza, and his groundskeeper, Benjamin Perez, also died.
June 17, 1989 |
El Salvador's leftist rebels said they played no role in the assassination last week of Presidency Minister Jose Antonio Rodriguez Porth. "As a result of investigations, we confirm the FMLN bears no responsibility for the attack against Rodriguez," a rebel communique released late Thursday said. Rodriguez, who had taken office June 1 along with the right-wing government headed by President Alfredo Cristiani, was gunned down along with two aides outside his San Salvador home last week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 1989
There has been much talk of peace in Central America following the summit meeting where the region's presidents agreed on a plan to end the Contra war in Nicaragua. While such talk is welcome, it must not obscure the fact that an even longer war, one perhaps more intractable, continues in El Salvador.
November 29, 1989 |
A right-wing politician who was a former president of the Salvadoran Supreme Court was gunned down in his car at a busy intersection Tuesday. Francisco Jose Guerrero, 64, a leader of the conservative National Conciliation Party, was ambushed at mid-morning and shot in the chest, according to army and hospital officials. He died minutes later at a local hospital.