El Salvador Opens Cultural Center in Site of El Mozote Massacre

El Salvador inaugurated Saturday a cultural center in the town of El Mozote, where the U.S.-backed military executed more than 1,000 people in 1981 in one of the bloodiest massacre’s in the country’s 12-year civil war.

Soldiers from a U.S.-trained Salvadoran death squad “deliberately and systematically” tortured and executed 1,200 villagers, mostly women and children, in the small town of El Mozote and near villages between Dec. 11 and 13, 1981, according to the U.N. Truth Commission launched in 1992 after the signing of the peace accords.

The Salvadoran civil war, from 1980 until 1992, left 75,000 deaths and 8,000 disappeared. The conflict confronted the U.S.-financed army and the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front, FMLN, which is now in power as a political party after being a guerrilla group. The villagers were accused of being sympathetic to the cause of the FMLN left-wing rebels in the country, and 35 years later, the families of victims are still searching for justice.

— source telesurtv.net


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