Saturday, April 29, 2006
GOVERNMENT FEARS MAY 1ST MOBILIZATION IN EL SALVADORE
Thousands of workers are expected to march in El Salvador on May 1st in a resurgence of a strong social movement. William Huezo, Public Employees Association director says International Workers´ Day will mark an important milestone as all the nation´s unions will march together through the principal cities of the country. This signals a reuniting of Salvadoran progressive forces in the social struggles against poverty, economic and social problems, corruption and the deterioration of the environment, Huezo said.
The following reports comes from Prensa Latina.
Fear Campaign Denounced in El Salvador
San Salvador, Apr 28 (Prensa Latina) Salvadorian progressive leaders denounced Friday that security officials are conducting a "fear campaign" to prevent the success of the national mobilization scheduled for May Day.
"The International Workers' Day march will be a massive demonstration of the people´s power, and the rightwing does not like that," said Robert Lorenzana, FMLN leader (Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front).
He emphasized that the political mobilizations on May Day are a global tradition and said he could not recall any violent acts committed in previous marches.
Lorenzana ratified the attendance of his organization to protests on Sunday when they will go to the Los Ilustres Cementery where FMLN leader, Schafik Handal, is buried, but said local FMLN elected officials would not attend because they will be sworn-in that day.
Minister of Interior Rene Figueroa contradicted Lorenzana's statements, saying he recalled criminal acts committed in 2005 in San Salvador.
Figueroa said "If private property or the rights of other people are violated, we will apply the law," referring to the marches planned by all unions of the nation in every major city on Monday.