A 40 years of the El Mozote massacre and the case continues to generate divisions in the crossfire of speeches

Known as "El Mozote Massacre”, happened between 11 and the 13 from December to 1981, in which in a military operation they massacred nearly a thousand civilian inhabitants of the area, including children and pregnant women.
Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora

The Savior – On separate events and days, Human Rights institutions, some diplomats, survivors, relatives of victims and the government of El Salvador, commemorated the anniversary number 40 of what is known as "El Mozote Massacre”, happened between 11 and the 13 from December to 1981, in which in a military operation they massacred nearly a thousand civilian inhabitants of the area, including children and pregnant women.

This Sunday the Human Rights Ombudsman Apolonio Tobar, in a symbolic act at the Monument to Memory and Truth, located in Cuscatlán Park in San Salvador, reiterated the call to do justice.

“Also in an act of rejection of impunity, to violence and confrontational dialogue ", said the official and added that it is important that the necessary commitments be made so that the victims can finally have reparation, with access to the truth and with guarantees of non-repetition.

In this non-governmental event, The Charge d'Affaires of the United States Embassy in El Salvador Brendan O’Brien also participated., who expressed the importance of doing justice, It also announced that as the United States government it has collaborated in the digitization of the case files and that they have delivered declassified files of the El Mozote case, in possession of the United States and will continue to deliver more documents.

One of the relatives of victims Andrés Romero, remembered that tragic moment, “They killed my wife and four children, they kidnapped my two young children and tortured me, that is why I ask for justice and reparation for victims, I do not want there to be more covers in this case and the truth to be told”, expressed don Andrés.

Official act

One day before, Saturday 10 from December, without further announcements the President of the Republic Nayib Bukele, participated in an act in the historic center where the massacre was perpetrated in which leaders and organizations that for years have followed up on this case were not invited.

It is the second time that the president arrives at the place, now he made an account of the reparation works towards the victims and their families that they have carried out as a government, including construction and improvement of infrastructure, while announcing other programs that they will implement next year in which they will invest $32.4 millions

He did not leave unnoticed the call to the residents about the "use" that NGO leaders and previous governments have taken from this tragedy for their own benefit without the true relatives of the victims having improved their living conditions, assertions that were criticized and rejected by representatives of Human Rights and organizations that have accompanied the victims and their families to achieve the truth, justice and reparation.

Case of international significance

To El Mozote Massacre, It is considered not only the largest act of violence against the civilian population committed by government agents, during the Civil War in El Salvador (1980-1992), but also the worst massacre in the western hemisphere in modern times.

In 2012, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (whence) ordered the Salvadoran State measures of reparation. But nevertheless, to date there are still pending processes.