By Carlos Henriquez Consalvi, Charles Leo, V Nagle, A.L. (Bill) Prince, Erik Ching
During the Eighties struggle in El Salvador, Radio Venceremos was once the most information outlet for the Frente Farabundo Martí para los angeles Liberación Nacional (FMLN), the guerrilla association that challenged the govt. the printed supplied a necessary hyperlink among fighters within the mountains and the skin global, in addition to a substitute for mainstream media reporting. during this first-person account, ''Santiago,'' the legend at the back of Radio Venceremos, tells the tale of the early years of that clash, a uprising of negative peasants opposed to the Salvadoran govt and its benefactor, the USA.
Originally released as La Terquedad del Izote, this memoir additionally addresses the wider tale of a national uprising and its foreign context, quite the intensifying chilly struggle and heavy U.S. involvement in it below President Reagan. through the war's lead to 1992, greater than 75,000 have been useless and 350,000 wounded--in a rustic the dimensions of Massachusetts. even though outnumbered and outfinanced, the rebels fought the Salvadoran military to a draw and taken adequate bargaining energy to the negotiating desk to accomplish a few of their key targets, together with democratic reforms and an overhaul of the safety forces.
Broadcasting the Civil battle in El Salvador is a riveting account from the rebels' standpoint that lends immediacy to the Salvadoran clash. it's going to entice all who're drawn to ancient reminiscence and human rights, U.S. coverage towards significant the United States, and the function the media can play in wartime.
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Extra info for Broadcasting the Civil War in El Salvador: A Memoir of Guerrilla Radio
And even after the army left the zone, the station faced the constant threat of army invasions and aerial bombardments. Once Radio Venceremos was up and running, it quickly became a priority target for the army’s High Command. Venceremos’s ability to broadcast daily, even in the midst of military invasions into Morazán, became a source of constant embarrassment for the army. Listeners could sometimes hear battles raging in the background while Santiago and his team provided live reports. Furthermore, Radio Venceremos possessed the ability to be a weapon in the guerrillas’ arsenal.
The debate about Dalton caused a group of members led by Eduardo Sancho to break away from the ERP and found the RN. A few months later, another faction broke away from the ERP under the leadership of Francisco Jovel and formed the PRTC. 14 By the latter half of the 1970s, as conditions worsened in the country, recruitment for the five underground organizations grew. Each of them formed ties with a popular front that kept public pressure on the government through nonviolent marches, demonstrations, and protests, frequently held in San Salvador.
26 Such methods hardly countered the relentless barrage from progovernment media sources. As preparations for the first Final Offensive were under way, some guerrilla commanders became acutely aware of the problems caused by the lack of access to mass media. Particularly worrisome to those commanders was the fact that the offensive was designed around the emergence of a mass insurrectional wave that the guerrillas would ride to victory. Such a plan would fail if the population did not know about the offensive.
Broadcasting the Civil War in El Salvador: A Memoir of Guerrilla Radio by Carlos Henriquez Consalvi, Charles Leo, V Nagle, A.L. (Bill) Prince, Erik Ching