Tuesday, November 11, 2014

25 years ago -- the FMLN's final offensive

Twenty-five years ago, on November 11, 1989, the FMLN guerrillas launched their "final offensive" with a surprise attack on the capital city of San Salvador.   The city had largely been spared from the fighting during the preceding 9 years of war, but now the guerrillas brought the battle even to the wealthy neighborhoods of the capital.   The armed forces had been caught by surprise, but eventually would be able to repel the attack after three weeks of fighting.   It was a time which would find the army high command reacting by ordering the massacre of Jesuit priests.

This video news report (in Spanish) provides footage from that first week of the offensive.

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