Concerns about a violent left
The Los Angeles Times runs an article today regarding concerns that groups on the radical left, willing to resort to violence, are surfacing in El Salvador following the violence on July 5 outside the University of El Salvador:
"We have to admit that a new revolutionary fringe is forming," said Beatrice Alamanni de Carrillo, El Salvador's ombudswoman for human rights. "It's an open secret."
A 1992 peace treaty between El Salvador's right-wing government and the leftist Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front, or FMLN, brought this country's civil war to an end after more than a decade of guerrilla warfare and government-sanctioned killings and massacres. The FMLN became a legitimate party and entered politics.
But frustration with the country's lingering poverty, and the continuing political domination of the right-wing Nationalist Republican Alliance, known as Arena, has fed a growing discontent within the ranks of the FMLN, analysts say.
"This is a very patient country where the people have not yet seen any solution to their social and economic problems," said Leonel Gomez, a political analyst here who has worked as an investigator on several U.S. congressional inquiries. "If there are no solutions, people start to yell. If you don't answer them, they yell more. If even then you don't listen to them, they will start to shoot at you." (more)