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Sat Mar 28, 2020, 07:51 AM

Forty years on, a locked-down El Salvador remembers the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero onl

Forty years on, a locked-down El Salvador remembers the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero online
Salvadorans took to social media to ensure the date didn’t go unnoticed.
Posted 27 March 2020 14:23 GMT

With the spread of COVID-19 pushing in-person events online, people from around the world digitally commemorated the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Oscar Romero, the Salvadoran priest shot by a right-wing death squad on the onset of El Salvador's civil war.

Archbishop Oscar Romero was shot by a sniper on March 24, 1980, at the altar of small hospital chapel in the capital San Salvador as he celebrated mass.

“Monsignor,” how Salvadorans still affectionately call him, became an iconic figure in the fight for human rights and against military violence in El Salvador and Latin America. In 2018, he was canonized as a Catholic saint by Pope Francis.

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“But I did not want the date to go unnoticed, because Monsignor Romero talks about current problems,” she continued. St. Romero frequently spoke against social inequality and state violence. “Now, for example, many Salvadorans don't even have access to running water in their neighborhoods, which is paradoxical with the official recommendations of needing to wash our hands often.”


(As always, countries controlled by foreign interests only seem to believe the well-being of wealthy people, or people needed to operate business interests can matter. Everyone else is invited to kiss their racist butts.)

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