Mon, 28 August 2006
18Mb. 13 mins. Latin Radical radio.
Interview with Lara Pullin shortly after news that ultra-right wing death squads in El Salvador have returned murdering the family of a famous FMLN radio announcer. Mariposa was the code name for a teenage announcer on the clandestine guerilla Radio Venceremos. For 12 years the portable radio transmitter and the FMLN guerillas running it, evaded capture during the Civil War in El Salvador through the 1970s and 1980s. Mariposa ('The Butterfly') boosted the morale of the FMLN guerillas who fought the corrupy Salvadoran military (backed by the US government to the tune of 2 million $US a day). In the November 1989 offensive they fought the Salvadoran government military forces to a stalemate. In 1992 a peace was negotiated and the FMLN participated in the political life of El Salvador as a legally constituted political party. The party presently controls around 40 percent of the seats in the National Congress and many of the Municipal councils. The right wing ARENA party, whose leaders and founders financed death squads, assassinated an archbishops, and ordered the massacre of entire villages during the 1970s and 1980s is in government today as a minority party leading a coalition government. But the situation in El Salvador recently seems to have reverted to the worst days of the so-called civil war, with police firing on demonstrating students. Death Squads, have made a comeback with deat threats and ritual murder employed as a tried and true tactic of the Right wing neo-conservatives. Hear how the friends of legendary radio announcer Mariposa around the world are reacting to the news of the gruesome torture and murder of her parents, and to the present day wave of repression against the long suffering people of El Salvador.