THE FALL OF THE BERLIN WALL AND ITS IMPACT IN CENTRAL AMERICA (TRANSLATION)

LATIN AMERICA FOCUS

Below is my translation of a feature that appeared in yesterday’s print edition of Mexican newspaper El Universal.  The original in Spanish can be found online here.

When pieces of the Berlin Wall began to fall on November 9 1989 symbolising the start of the end of the Cold War, the old struggle between communism and capitalism continued to bathe Central America in blood.  At dawn on the 12th of November, the communist Salvadoran guerrilla group launched the fiercest urban and rural offensive against the armed forces and traditional oligarchy of El Salvador in 12 years of war.

On another morning with a bloody outcome- that of November 16 1989 –  5 Jesuit Spanish priests – Ignacio Ellacuría, Ignacio Martín Barón, Segundo Montes, Amando López and Juan Ramón Moreno – and 1 Salvadoran one – Joaquín López y López – were assassinated by a battalion of the El Salvadoran…

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