October 21, 1992 |
Forensic experts have unearthed the skeletons of children and babies in this remote hamlet, bolstering charges that soldiers killed hundreds of civilians in the largest massacre in El Salvador's civil war. Twenty-two battered skulls and skeletons were exhumed Monday from the ruins of a church where U.S.-trained soldiers of the elite Atlacatl Battalion allegedly began a three-day slaughter of more than 800 people in December, 1981. "They are all children and several were babies.
August 18, 1993 |
The National Guardsmen who raped and killed four American church workers will not be pardoned under a government amnesty program, El Salvador's Supreme Court ruled in a decision made public Tuesday. The ruling rejects a request from two of the five convicted killers that they be freed as part of a blanket amnesty sponsored by President Alfredo Cristiani and approved last March by the Legislative Assembly, which is controlled by Cristiani's right-wing political party.
November 4, 2000 |
In a case that revisited U.S. involvement in Central America's bloody civil wars, a federal jury on Friday found that two retired Salvadoran generals could not be held responsible for the 1980 rape and murder of four American churchwomen. The verdict by a 10-member jury in West Palm Beach drew gasps of disbelief from the slain women's relatives, who have tried for years to hold the two men liable for the killings carried out by Salvadoran national guardsmen under their command.
November 27, 1994 |
Archbishop Arturo Rivera Damas, who led El Salvador's besieged Roman Catholic Church through civil war as its priests were assassinated and its parishioners persecuted, died Saturday of a heart attack, aides said. He was 71. Often a lone voice of the nation's conscience, Rivera spent much of the last decade promoting dialogue between leftist guerrillas and U.S.-backed military and government forces, whose war claimed tens of thousands of lives.
April 20, 1989 |
The attorney general of El Salvador was assassinated Wednesday in what government and U.S. officials said was part of a leftist strategy to provoke a bloody government reaction that would endanger American support and prove the country ungovernable. Roberto Garcia Alvarado, 53, was killed when an unknown assailant placed a bomb on top of his car as it was stopped at a traffic light in the Don Rua section of San Salvador at about 7:45 a.m. Military and U.S. officials said the attorney general was on his way to work, riding in the back seat of a Jeep Cherokee equipped with bulletproof windows and armored sides.
March 30, 2005 |
Twenty-five years after Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero was cut down by an assassin's bullet, Vatican officials plan to announce that they will open the beatification process for the prelate, a move that would put him closer to sainthood. Church officials in Rome and El Salvador confirmed that the announcement would be made at a news conference Saturday in the San Salvador cathedral crypt containing Romero's remains. Beatification is a step before sainthood.