Saturday, June 17, 2006

Underground Radio

Radio Venceremos and Radio Farabundo Marti from back in the day. More videos on related topics here.


At 6/21/2006 5:07 PM, Blogger Cairo The Boxer said...

Great video. It is amazing that not much has changed since the war ended. It's really sad. Have you been to El Salvador? Are you Salvadorian?

At 6/21/2006 5:11 PM, Blogger Comandante Agí said...

...I see my wife got the first comment int (she does the dog blogging).

My father-in-law left El Salvador right before the civil war broke out, but he knows people on both sides of the conflict.

If you haven't watched it, I'd recommend the film Voces Innocentes (Innocent Voices) about the Salvadoran conflict.

At 6/22/2006 6:13 AM, Blogger velid said...

Hi Cairo,

I am not Salvadoran, but I have been to El Salvador. I was there in the early 90s as an election observer. What I saw there was amazing. A long story.

From 89-93 or so, I was an organizer for CISPES, working in the US in support of Salvadoran labor unions and, to a certain extent, the FMLN. After that, I did some work on a sister city project. Anyway, pretty deeply involved. So the video definitely resonates.

A friend of mine just happened upon it browsing through YouTube.

Hey Agi,

I haven't seen Innocent Voices. Thanks for the recommendation. I will definitely check it out.

At 6/23/2006 7:47 AM, Blogger Comandante Agí said...

Last year I went to El Salvador for the first time (my wife has been there numerous times). Visiting the church where Archbishop Romero was assassinated was quite powerful. We also visited his personal residence, which has been kept exactly as it was the day he was killed.

A nun gave us a private tour and showed us some photos that were taken the Monday evening when Romero was killed. She told us how immediately after Romero was shot a man appeared outside of the church with a pickup truck. He offered to rush Romero to the hospital. One of the nuns rode in the pickup with Romero because she didn’t trust the driver. Once on the road he started driving in the opposite direction of the hospital, thus confirming her suspicions about the man. She eventually convinced him (the rumor is she was one tough nun) to turn around and drop her and Romero to the hospital.

The kicker…in the photograph taken on that day, the truck had a Michigan license plate. It seemed odd to me that there would be a Good Samaritan appearing at that moment with Michigan plates on his truck. Now I ain’t one to be a conspiracy theorist but I would suspect the CIA had a hand in Romero’s death, and it seems like the pickup driver was there to dispose of the body.

Anyways, we are planning to spend this Christmas in El Salvador with my wife’s family. I hope to see the civil war/guerrilla museum in Perquin this time.

At 6/23/2006 7:34 PM, Blogger velid said...

Hey Agi,

Very interesting story. Yeah, I am sure that the US had someone involved in the Romero assassination and in the murder of the Jesuits later. Roberto D'Abuisson -- blowtorch Bob -- was with out a doubt behind it and he was the US pointman in the death squads, trained at School of the Americas, like so many other butchers. We had a big party when he died.

I met a guerilla commander and former Jesuit when I was down there who had worked with Romero. An incredibly charismatic and intelligent guy. He was assassinated a couple of months after my visit, rumor has it by US special forces.

The war was still hot when I was there, but it was winding down. Despite the international scrutiny brought by an election -- Jimmy Carter was there I think -- lots of shit was going on. We took advantage of the relative lull to visit some villages in the FMLN zone of control in Chalatenango -- San José Las Flores and Arcatao. Amazing stories of survival and hope in the face of total war.

Anyway, I organized a lot of delegations there afterwards, but I never got to go back myself. Some day.

I have kind of fallen out of touch with current events there --- I didn't even know they had had a civil war/guerrilla museum. That should be extremely interesting. Almost too much history for such a small country.


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