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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(San Salvador, El Salvador) Resurgence of right-wing death squads here examined; disappearance of union organization Rosindo Carpio and murders of several other union officials cited as exs. Photos, films shown. Kidnappers noted showing videotape of victims allegedly confessing their communist ties; United States concerns for safety of farm workers union leader Samuel Maldonado due to right-wing leader Roberto D'Aubuisson's public condemnation of him as communist noted. Previous accusations by D'Aubuisson noted resulting in death squad assassinations; United States said advising Maldonado to stay out of El Salvador for a while. [MALDONADO - (thru translator) notes D'Aubuisson fears destruction of rightists by increasingly strong unions.] United States support for organization of moderate movement calling for change through democracy and concern that its leadership is being exterminated noted. [State Department spokesperson Alan ROMBERG - regrets political violence is targeting moderates.] Sec. measures taken by union leaders described.
REPORTER: Michael Connor
- Connor, Michael;
- Rather, Dan
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