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Trial hearings begin on Salvadoran massacre U.S. may have known about

May 6, 2021
by Rhina Guidos, Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON An expert witness testified to the "illegal" presence of a high-ranking U.S. military adviser who may have known about the plot to kill nearly 1,000 civilians who perished in El Mozote, El Salvador, nearly 40 years ago.

Terry Karl, a Stanford University professor and expert witness who has reviewed thousands of documents on the Dec. 11, 1981, massacre, said during the late-April and early May hearings in El Salvador that the presence of U.S. Sgt. Maj. Allen Bruce Hazelwood near the scene of the massacre was not only illegal, but knowledge of it would have brought U.S. military aid to the Central American nation to a halt.

In the 1980s, the U.S. largely funded the Salvadoran government's involvement to the tune of almost $1 million a day in the war against armed-leftist rebels because it feared the formation of a communist bloc close to the United States.

U.S. Catholic leaders were vocal opponents of the aid, often lobbying Congress or protesting in Washington.

Officially, the war began in 1980 and ended with peace accords in 1992, although political strife had been brewing in El Salvador since the 1970s because of large-scale socioeconomic disparities.

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The hearing also revealed that the United States knew Salvadoran forces used napalm against the population, even though the incendiary gel, which burns the skin, was banned for use against civilians by the United Nations in 1980.


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