March 29, 1987 |
Schoolchildren were led to safety in San Salvador, El Salvador, Wednesday after being held hostage for more than six hours by a 17-year-old army deserter and a 16-year-old girl. The government said the two were urban guerrillas, but the school principal said the youth was just running away from the military. In the incident, 947 children and 27 teachers were held by the two armed teenagers, who threatened to kill them, but then allowed them to leave and surrendered. There were no reported injuries.
October 17, 2011 |
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador - Central American authorities said Sunday that at least 66 people had died in six days of heavy rain that caused landslides, floods, and bridge failures throughout the region. Officials ordered evacuations as the rain was expected to continue. El Salvador's director of civil protection, Jorge Melendez, said in a news conference that at least 24 people had died in the country, most of them buried in their houses by landslides. The country is in a state of alert and preparing for "major disasters," Melendez said.
December 2, 1990 |
Hilda Naylor and Bob Smith are veterans of many demonstrations - Naylor as an advocate for the homeless and Smith as a member of the Swarthmore-based Brandywine Peace Community. But when the two activists demonstrated last month in front of a military command post out in the countryside of El Salvador - demanding that a squad of heavily armed soldiers give back a truckload of building materials to a group of refugees - it ranked high on their list of personal firsts. "I think for a couple of seconds, I forgot where I was as I held hands with two other women and blocked the door to the compound.
August 19, 1987
Round 2 of the bruising Central American peace process gets under way in El Salvador today. It won't produce the linked-arms-on-the-balcony photos that came out of Guatemala on Aug. 7, when the region's five presidents agreed to a broad though vague plan to defuse Central America's wars and to promote pluralism. This is a nuts-and-bolts session. But what happens in San Salvador may determine whether the process continues on course or crashes and burns, like other peace efforts have so many times before.
November 19, 1989
Already in El Salvador - before last week's hellish street-fighting, before rebel executions of village mayors and the right's bloody bombing of a San Salvador union hall - the list of the civil-war dead had reached 70,000. What difference will Thursday's murder of six Jesuits make - six of El Salvador's best and brightest, along with their cook and her daughter, 15, all shot through the head with high-powered rifles? Perhaps the difference will be this: It may foretell the death of wishful thinking in Washington.
June 1, 1989 |
Leftist rebels paralyzed much of El Salvador with a forced transportation boycott on the eve of the inauguration of rightist President-elect Alfredo Cristiani. Local bus services and transportation across the country came to a halt, and nearly all gas stations were closed in response to the call by the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front, or FMLN, for an indefinite boycott. Cristiani, of the rightist Nationalist Republican Alliance, or Arena, takes power today from ailing President Jose Napoleon Duarte of the centrist Christian Democratic Party at a ceremony to be attended by regional heads of state and a U.S. delegation headed by Sen. Richard G. Lugar (R., Ind)
March 4, 1986
Six years ago, I was visiting San Salvador, El Salvador, and noticed the preponderance of shops selling Philips and Sony electrical applicances; 10 years before, there were none. During the course of my visit, I met a group of executives from General Electric, and they were in Central America for the purpose of acknowledging the efforts of regional sales and service managers for their work in promoting GE bilingual repair manuals. All of the stateside men were bilingual and of Latin origin.
February 24, 1990 |
Jose Napoleon Duarte, 64, who governed El Salvador for most of the last decade and saw himself as its democratic messiah, died at his home in San Salvador yesterday after a 20-month battle with liver and stomach cancer. As El Salvador's first freely elected president in 50 years, Duarte had embodied the hope of the U.S. government to shape a peaceful center between the country's violent political extremes. But his popularity and effectiveness were eroded drastically during a term of office marked by widespread corruption, a devastating earthquake, civil war and thousands of political killings.
April 18, 1990 |
Two weeks after six Jesuit faculty members were gunned down at El Salvador's leading Catholic university last November, the Rev. Charles J. Beirne volunteered to take one of their jobs. Father Beirne, a Jesuit completing his work as the academic vice president at Santa Clara University in California, was accepted. This summer he will replace the murdered Rev. Ignacio Martin-Baro as vice rector of Jose Simeon Canas Central American University (UCA) in San Salvador. Yesterday, Father Beirne, visiting Swarthmore College for its Faculty Seminar on Central America, predicted in an interview that the only ranking officer charged in the massacre would never be prosecuted for his predecessor's murder.
November 2, 1986 |
Across the street from the pile of webbed steel and broken concrete that was once the Ruben Dario office building, the earthquake widows mingle with relief workers, and Juana Melendez de Diaz wonders how she will feed her five children. Standing just yards from the excavation work, the stench of death heavy in the air, Diaz shields herself from the sun with a parasol and clutches an identification card bearing her husband's picture. All around her, other people hold small wallet-size pictures and large, framed family portraits.