Have chances for justice in the El Mozote massacre case vanished?
This story was originally published under the title Survivors and Families of Victims of a 1981 El Salvador Massacre See Justice Slip Away Again at ProPublica.
The judge investigating the 1981 El Mozote massacre has been fired by El Salvador’s government as the right-wing populist president, Nayib Bukele, consolidates power. For victims, survivors and their families, that means justice could never come.
By Raymond Bonner and Nelson Rauda, Sept. 13, 2021
In a makeshift courtroom on the second floor of a nondescript brick building in northeastern El Salvador, Judge Jorge Guzmán has spent the last six years painstakingly gathering evidence from the survivors of one of the worst massacres in the modern history of Latin America: the slaughter of a thousand old men, women and children by the Salvadoran army during the country’s civil war.