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Today in Latin American History

Death Squad Killed 6 Jesuit Priests, 2 Others at a Salvadorian University in 1989

Death Squad Killed 6 Jesuit Priests, 2 Others at a Salvadorian University in 1989

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Today in Latin American history, a death squad killed six Jesuit priests & two others at Jose Simeon Canas University in 1989.

All those murdered were employees of the University.

The political implications of the scholars’ commitment to their work and ideas met strong opposition from political forces in El Salvador.

These scholars, priests and domestic workers were massacred at their own residence in UCA.

Their murder marked a turning point in the Salvadoran civil war. 

On the one hand it increased international pressures on the Salvadoran government to sign peace agreements with the guerrilla organization FMLN. On the other, it helped make their ideas, become known worldwide.

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