A young friend from Germany wrote the following about the parties' campaign closing rallies this weekend:
Yesterday we were on the Alameda Juan Pablo II to observe the final event of the campaign of the FMLN. It was really an incredible feeling, 200.000 people in the street, a sea of red. Usually you only see people waving flags of Che Guevara, Fidel Castro and Karl Marx in history books, but here history is living!
And then they all together sang the ode to joy from Beethoven and I put the hand on my heart and sang the hymns of Europe on the top of my voice.
Today in the Estadio Cuscatlan ARENA put an ARENA Cap, a bag of water and a flag on every single seat!
The difference could not be bigger...
From around the web, there are a number of new articles written in English about El Salvador's elections. The basic theme is that the upcoming election is a big opportunity for the left:
- The Washington Post has a story today, In El Salvador Vote, Big Opportunity for Leftists.
- Alexandra Marshall writes an op-ed piece in the Boston Globe today titled In El Salvador, A Voice for Unity.
- Mike Farrell wrote a piece in the Huffington Post, El Salvador: Same Old, Same Old.
- Jacob Wheeler's article in In These Times is titled El Salvador's Left Turn?
- Mark Engler writes in Foreign Policy in Focus, Will the Winds of Change Reach El Salvador?
- Aquiles Magaña wrote Reflections on the 2009 Presidential Elections in El Salvador in Online Opinion