With their right fists clenched and thrust into the air, leading politicians of ARENA commemorated Major Roberto D'Aubuisson on the 19th anniversary of his death Tuesday. Among those at the ceremony at D'Aubuisson's tomb were former president Alfredo Cristiani and current San Salvador Mayor Norman Quijano.
D'Aubuisson is the founder of the ARENA party. He is also the man who ordered the assassination of archbishop Oscar Romero and was the sponsor of right wing death squads during the 1970s and 80s. This annual celebration of a war criminal by the ARENA party faithful shows that the culture of impunity is far from disappearing in El Salvador. It's shameful.