CBS Evening News for Saturday, Feb 13, 1982
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(Studio) Incident last month involving Salvadoran soldiers killing 20 people in San Salvador suburb recalled. Army said claiming people were guerrillas, though generally thought not so. Guerrilla leaders reported now saying the dead were guerrillas.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer
(NYC) Scenes of San Antonio Abad massacre shown. Army said believed guilty of random violence; relatives of dead said claiming victims were innocent civilians. [Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs Thomas ENDERS - in February 2 statement discounts Salvadoran army claim victims were guerrillas.] Most if not all dead said now known to have been guerrillas. Reporter tells of interview with high-ranking ofr. of Democrat Revolutionary Front, political arm of rebel movement Ofr. reported saying dead were part of underground guerrilla network, deliberately shot by army as warning to others. Victims said not innocent civilians. San Salvador scenes shown. Uncertainty of truth of chgs. with regard to cause of deaths in El Salvador noted. Guerrilla tactics noted. Guerrilla-announced plans to disrupt elections in March noted. Description of disruption as planned, accdg. to Democrat Front leader, given. Tet offensive in Vietnam war recalled as similar situation to present one in El Salvador. Guerrillas' object said to get United States to choose negotiation with them as route to end war. Mil. scenes shown.
REPORTER: Charles Kraus