Tuesday, September 15, 2015

U.S. Wants Former Salvadoran Ally to Face Justice in 1989 Massacre

Early in the morning on Nov. 16, 1989, soldiers from an elite battalion of the Salvadoran Army walked into the religious center of a Jesuit university and killed everyone they found inside.
The murders — of six priests, their housekeeper and her daughter — broke the stupor of a world inured to the constant blood baths of El Salvador’s civil war from 1979 to 1992, hastening the end of American support for the military regime and clearing the way for a peace accord.
Twenty-six years later, the United States government, which spent more than $4 billion in assistance to El Salvador’s military during the conflict — including training the Atlacatl Battalion, which massacred the Jesuits — is now working to bring some of the officers it once partnered with to justice.
More:  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/14/world/americas/us-wants-former-salvadoran-ally-to-face-justice-in-1989-massacre.html

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