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Broadcasting the Civil War in El Salvador: A Memoir of by Carlos Henriquez Consalvi, Charles Leo, V Nagle, A.L.

By Carlos Henriquez Consalvi, Charles Leo, V Nagle, A.L. (Bill) Prince, Erik Ching

During the Nineteen Eighties battle in El Salvador, Radio Venceremos was once the most information outlet for the Frente Farabundo Martí para los angeles Liberación Nacional (FMLN), the guerrilla association that challenged the govt. the published supplied an essential hyperlink among fighters within the mountains and the surface international, in addition to an alternative choice to mainstream media reporting. during this first-person account, ''Santiago,'' the legend at the back of Radio Venceremos, tells the tale of the early years of that clash, a uprising of bad peasants opposed to the Salvadoran govt and its benefactor, the U.S..

Originally released as La Terquedad del Izote, this memoir additionally addresses the wider tale of a national uprising and its overseas context, relatively the intensifying chilly struggle and heavy U.S. involvement in it less than President Reagan. via the war's lead to 1992, greater than 75,000 have been lifeless and 350,000 wounded--in a rustic the dimensions of Massachusetts. even though outnumbered and outfinanced, the rebels fought the Salvadoran military to a draw and taken adequate bargaining strength to the negotiating desk to accomplish a few of their key pursuits, together with democratic reforms and an overhaul of the protection forces.

Broadcasting the Civil warfare in El Salvador is a riveting account from the rebels' viewpoint that lends immediacy to the Salvadoran clash. it's going to entice all who're drawn to ancient reminiscence and human rights, U.S. coverage towards critical the USA, and the position the media can play in wartime.

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Instead of retaining large standing combat units like the ERP’s BRAZ in Morazán, it downsized. The new strategy relied on smaller, more mobile units that would now fight a war of attrition rather than a war of engagement. The smaller units employed hit-and-run tactics that would drain the army of its ability and will to fight rather than defeating it outright in combat. New targets included infrastructure or anything that would cost the Salvadoran government money to replace. 23 The dismantling of the BRAZ in early 1984 was a difficult and demoralizing period in the ERP’s history in Morazán.

14. See the memoir of RN founder, Eduardo Sancho, Crónicas entre los espejos (San Salvador: Editorial Universidad Francisco Gavidia, 2002). 15. ” 16. Interview with Miguel Ventura, April 16, 2008, Ciudad Segundo Montes. 17. Interview with Julio Flores, July 17–18, 2007, San Salvador. 18. Binford, “Grassroots Development,” pp. 58–59, citing Mena Sandoval, Del ejército nacional, pp. 201–207. 19. Each of the five guerrilla organizations of the FMLN retreated to rural areas where they had previous contacts.

L broa d c astin g t h e c i vi l wa r i n e l s a lva d or Los Torogoces de Morazán, the guerrillas’ band of minstrel musicians and popular historians. Their music was balm for the soul at every dance. “Jaguaryu,” an actor in the guerrillas’ popular theater troupe. He was a close personal friend and one of the last people to die in the war. epil o g ue, 1992 m January 16, 1992, atop the cathedral in San Salvador, Santiago makes the victory sign to a helicopter flying overhead. The helicopter is similar to the one that wounded him during a battle in Arambala.

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