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January 15, 1985
Julio Rey Prendes, a close aide to Salvadoran President Jose Napoleon Duarte, said the CIA has uncovered a right-wing plot to kill him. Rey Prendes said he was informed of the plot by CIA officials last month. He told reporters that the instigator of the plot was a former security chief to Roberto D'Aubuisson, the leader of the right-wing Arena party. Rey Prendes, however, did not identify the former security chief by name.
February 6, 2014 | By Lalita Clozel
WASHINGTON - A former Salvadoran general accused of overseeing the torture and killing of thousands of civilians during a 12-year civil war appealed a U.S. deportation order Thursday on the grounds that his nation's anti-communist campaign was backed and funded by the American government. An attorney for Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova, who was El Salvador's defense minister and leader of the National Guard in the 1980s, repeatedly cited the U.S. support for his country's right-wing government during its war against leftist guerrillas.
April 3, 1985 | United Press International
The State Department today rejected charges that the local elections in El Salvador last weekend, which gave moderate President Jose Napoleon Duarte's party a clear majority, were rigged and said official U.S. observers saw nothing to indicate fraud. The charge was made by Roberto d'Aubuisson of the far-right Nationalist Republican Alliance and Raul Molina Martinez of the National Conciliation Party, who demanded Tuesday that the vote be overturned.
October 22, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
FIFA, world's soccer's governing body, has imposed global bans on three more Salvadoran players, bringing to 19 the number suspended for their role in match-fixing. The players were not identified but one was banned for six months, a second for a year and third for five years. During the suspension the players are prohibited from engaging in any soccer-related activities. Earlier this month FIFA announced 16 global sanctions, including 14 lifetime bans. The penalties were handed down after a probe into numerous international matches including El Salvador's 5-0 loss to Mexico in the 2011 Gold Cup and a 2-1 loss to the U.S. in a 2010 friendly.
May 8, 1988
Two recent stories related to Central America test our values. Falwell has no doubts about inviting a person accused of felonies (North) to speak to his Liberty University graduates. "We serve a Savior who was indicted and convicted and crucified," he says. North says the Iran-Contra charges against him are "not a brand, they are a badge of honor," and his "wife and children have been placed in a crucible of uncertainty." A few days earlier, we learned that U.S. District Judge David Kenyon rebuked the U.S. Immigration authorities and ordered a permanent injunction against the INS to stop officials from using threats and coercion to talk Salvadoran refugees out of applying for political asylum in this country (Metro, April 30)
July 1, 1989
Rep. Howard L. Berman deserves praise for his part in securing labor leader Jose Mazariego's release from a Salvadoran treasury police torture chamber (June 22). It is regrettable that most of the victims in El Salvador lack influential American supporters who can intercede to save them from torture and death. The Times quotes Berman as saying that the new Salvadoran government "is telling us that labor and other opposition groups will be harassed, that they will be threatened and that their leaders will be cruelly attacked."
December 9, 1989
Gorbachev disappoints me by telling Bush he is pressuring his allies to stop sending arms to Salvadoran guerrillas. He should have lectured Bush on the right to revolt against inhumane rule (he might have quoted John Locke and the Federalist Papers on this), and on differences between real and phony democracies. The Salvadoran rebels are struggling against one of the most brutal regimes in our century, which survives only by dint of U.S. aid. Even if their latest offensive was too destructive, it was clearly incited by brutal death squad murders, and it was the state, not the rebels, that bombed lower-class neighborhoods.
February 20, 1991
The loss of Officer Tina Kerbrat was unfortunate and my deepest sympathy goes to her family. However, the recent comments made by Gates have outraged me. He has overstepped his boundaries. I never thought that Gates could surpass his stupid comment of "shooting all casual drug users." I guess I was wrong. It is hard to believe that a man in Gates' position could be so irresponsible to make such comments. I can understand the loss of a police officer is heartbreaking; however, to indict the Salvadoran community for the criminal actions of one individual is unacceptable.
November 9, 2008
Re "In L.A., speaking 'Mexican' to fit in," Column One, Nov. 3 I read this article with both amusement and dismay. I'm Guatemalan, and my husband is Salvadoran. It's a point of pride for us to be Central American in a Mexican-dominated city. My socioeconomic circumstances have allowed me the luxury of wearing my nationality on my sleeve, and I don't lose sight of that. Still, it's pretty tragic that Central Americans can't be themselves in front of other Latinos for fear of discrimination.
April 21, 1989
Salvadoran soldiers and police arrested more than 100 people in raids on a leftist union federation, a refugee organization and a women's association, group leaders said. Military authorities said 72 people were arrested and 20 of those were released. The raids followed the assassination of Atty. Gen. Roberto Garcia Alvarado, who was killed by a bomb placed atop his vehicle. Military spokesmen said the military had information linking the groups to leftist guerrillas, but a union official said the raids were part of "an escalation of repression by the armed forces and Arena," the rightist party whose candidate won last month's presidential election.
October 14, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
FIFA on Monday announced it has banned 14 current and former members of El Salvador's national soccer team for life for match fixing. Another two players received six-month and 18-month bans, respectively. The Salvadoran national federation last month banned the players from ever again representing the country in international play. The FIFA extension will keep the players from participating in any FIFA-sanctioned event. El Salvador launched an investigation into charges that players were involved in manipulating four international matches in 2010 and 2011, including a 2-1 loss to the U.S. in a friendly and a 5-0 loss to Mexico in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Matches involving the country's U-20 team were also part of the probe.
August 28, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY -- The long quest to bring the Salvadoran military killers of six Jesuit priests to justice has received a significant boost, human rights activists say, with the sentencing of a former commander -- on unrelated charges in a faraway Boston court. The activists say the 21-month jail term for former Col. Inocente Orlando Montano will give a Spanish court time to extradite him to Spain, where he would stand trial for the 1989 slayings. β€œThe important thing is to have him in custody,” said attorney Almudena Bernabeu of the San Francisco-based Center for Justice and Accountability, which has been championing the case.
June 21, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times
Members of the Salvadoran community in Los Angeles realized a long-awaited dream Saturday when groundbreaking began on a plaza to honor Msgr. Oscar A. Romero, a Catholic archbishop who was slain in 1980 during El Salvador's civil war. Romero, an outspoken advocate for the poor and a revered figure for many Central Americans, was shot while celebrating Mass by an assassin with suspected ties to right-wing government security forces. El Salvador's bloody 12-year civil war claimed tens of thousands of lives and sparked an exodus of Salvadorans.
May 29, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
The death of Salvadoran poet Roque Dalton in 1975 is one of the great tragedies of Latin American literature and of the Latin American left. And it was a tragedy the left inflicted on itself. Dalton had joined one of the armed rebel groups fighting against El Salvador's dictatorship. He had, by then, already established an international reputation as a writer. Most of his best writing came during his exile in Cuba, where he wrote seven books of poetry, and β€œ Miguel Marmol ,” a biography of a 1930s Salvadoran revolutionary that's one of the great, underappreciated masterpieces of Latin American historical writing.
September 9, 2012 | By Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times
Maria Montenegro became one of the first Salvadoran restaurant owners in Los Angeles when she opened El Migueleno on Vermont Avenue in 1969, financed by a $5,000 loan sealed on a handshake. Back then it was a tiny kitchen in a neighborhood dominated by African Americans and Mexican immigrants. Customers would eye Montenegro's cheese-filled pupusas and ask why the restaurant served such thick tortillas. Today, El Migueleno has more than doubled in size and customers. In the past her family sold off their jewelry and cars to keep the restaurant afloat.
August 22, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
When: 7. Where: Home Depot Center. On the air: TV: Fox Soccer, Galavision; Radio: 1220, 1330. Records: Galaxy (0-0 in CCL), Isidro Metapan 1-0. Record vs. Isidro Metapan: First meeting. Update: The Galaxy, still smarting from its March quarterfinal loss in its last CONCACAF Champions League game, gets started on a new CCL campaign against the winner of five of the last eight First Division titles in El Salvador. And like the Galaxy, the Salvadoran club made it to the quarterfinals of the last CCL before being eliminated.
January 16, 2009 | Anna Gorman
Two illegal immigrants were found Tuesday at a house where they had reportedly been held hostage by smugglers since Christmas Day. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were serving a search warrant at the house when they found a man inside being beaten by a suspected smuggler, authorities said. The Salvadoran national told agents he had been smuggled into the U.S. and was supposed to pay a $5,000 fee when he arrived. While he was at the house, smugglers allegedly beat him, assaulted him with a stun gun and denied him food.
August 13, 1987
I am outraged at Ezell's characterization of response to recent death squad activity in this city as an "orchestrated PR campaign" by the religious sanctuary movement. People are experiencing terror. An entire Salvadoran community who have sought asylum in L.A. because of persecution, reprisal, murder in their homeland are now not only the victims of similar death squad threats, but of attitudes expressed by Ezell, which can only have negative effects in influencing public opinion against the refugees, against the sanctuary movement and against the religious communities working in solidarity on behalf of the refugees.
August 19, 2012 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
It was a tough game that almost came to fisticuffs when one player fouled another. But in the end, it was the red-shirted Salvadorans who beat the Mexicans, 4-2, during a recent adult league soccer game at Delano Recreation Center in Van Nuys. Giovanni Molina, the top scorer with two goals, celebrated at a sidewalk grill where the Nunez family was frying handmade pupusas , a doughy, cheese-and-bean-filled tortilla sold on every corner back home in El Salvador. Molina bought six - three for dinner and three more for tomorrow's lunch.
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