Nayib Bukele announces millionaire investment where El Mozotej massacre was committed

The President of El Salvador, Nayib B Watch, announced this Friday that it will invest 32.4 million dollars in community works in El Mozote, in the east of the country, where the army massacred almost 1,000 people in 1981.

“This is a large project, of 32.4 million dollars; but more than the economic value, for us it has a value of real justice,” said the president when detailing the reparation measures for the victims in the central square of El Mozote, located about 200 km northeast of San Salvador.

The millionaire investment will be used to finish paving streets, build fields for different sports, a sewage treatment plant and an Urban Center for Wellbeing and Opportunities (Cubo) to serve the development of young people, among other works.

Between December 9 and 13, 1981, within the framework of the civil war (1980-1992), soldiers of the now outlawed Atlacatl Army battalion burned the houses and executed the inhabitants of El Mozote and adjacent communities on suspicion that they collaborated with the then leftist guerrilla.

“This day marks 40 years since the massacre of El Mozote, which has been the largest massacre that has occurred in the country, some say Latin America“, said the president before a group of people from the community.

The ruler recalled that “on December 10, 1981, exactly 40 years ago, Operation Rescue began here in El Mozote and in the surrounding areas, it was a non-rescue operation, it was really an extermination operation. “

“That operation (by the Army) left a balance of almost 1,000 dead. The official count is 978 people killed in that operation, and so that no one says no, that they were (guerrilla) combatants, there were 553 minors.” Bukele stressed.

He commented that from the moment the massacre was perpetrated “impunity began” by virtue of the fact that the military high command of the time “denied the massacre,” the same was done by the civic-military junta chaired by the late Christian Democrat José Napoleón Duarte.

Also the United States embassy in The Savior he denied the massacre, “despite the fact that it was American journalists who brought it to light (published it),” he recalled.

“In this presidency we will not only ensure that (the massacre) is known, that justice is done, that what happened is projected, the truth; but we also want to guarantee that their children, their grandchildren have quality of life,” he explained to those present.

However, former judge Jorge Guzmán, who was airing the trial against the soldiers involved, recalled this Friday in an interview on the radio of the Central American University (UCA) that the “inspections in the (military) archives was frustrated” by the current military command.


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