By Carlos Henriquez Consalvi, Charles Leo, V Nagle, A.L. (Bill) Prince, Erik Ching
During the Nineteen Eighties battle in El Salvador, Radio Venceremos used to be the most information outlet for the Frente Farabundo Martí para l. a. Liberación Nacional (FMLN), the guerrilla association that challenged the govt.. the printed supplied an important hyperlink among fighters within the mountains and the surface international, in addition to a substitute for mainstream media reporting. during this first-person account, ''Santiago,'' the legend in the back of Radio Venceremos, tells the tale of the early years of that clash, a uprising of negative peasants opposed to the Salvadoran govt and its benefactor, the USA.
Originally released as La Terquedad del Izote, this memoir additionally addresses the wider tale of a national uprising and its foreign context, really the intensifying chilly conflict and heavy U.S. involvement in it below 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 if 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 targets, together with democratic reforms and an overhaul of the protection forces.
Broadcasting the Civil struggle in El Salvador is a riveting account from the rebels' perspective that lends immediacy to the Salvadoran clash. it may attract all who're attracted to ancient reminiscence and human rights, U.S. coverage towards valuable the USA, and the position the media can play in wartime.
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He says it was almost unavoidable that he was going to be politically conscious as he grew older, given the environment in which he was reared and the broader context of Latin American politics in those days, when it seemed as if the whole continent was on the verge of massive social change. Santiago’s family returned to Venezuela after the fall of Pérez Jiménez, and he went on to enroll in journalism at the Universidad Central de Venezuela. He says he chose journalism as a field of study because it allowed him to investigate pressing issues and to be part of the unfolding political drama.
But ERP leaders continued to place high priority on defending the radio station and making it possible for Santiago and his team to go on the air at the designated hour. The rest of the FMLN outside Morazán agreed on the value of Venceremos and were avid listeners. 32 In 1982 the FMLN made Venceremos its official voice. This decision did not prevent the other main guerrilla faction, the FPL, from launching its own radio station, Radio Farabundo Martí, from its stronghold in Chalatenango in 1982.
The origins of the FMLN’s weaponry was a hotly contested issue. S. government, insisted that Russia, Cuba, and Nicaragua were the suppliers. The guerrillas countered these accusations by emphasizing the local origins of their weaponry and its purchase on the international black market, in large part with funds raised from civilian donations in the United States and Western Europe. int roduct ion xlv There is no doubt that weapons came from Vietnam, Cuba, and Nicaragua. S. weapons that had been captured from the South Vietnamese forces after 1975.