Today in Latin American History
Death Squad Killed 6 Jesuit Priests, 2 Others at a Salvadorian University in 1989
Photo: UCA Massacre victims
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.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, Spanish Conquistadors captured the Inca Emperor Atahualpa at the Battle of Cajamarca in 1532
- Today in LatAm history, Cuban dissident Omar Ruiz Hernández who was an Amnesty prisoner of conscience was born in 1947
- Today in LatAm history, Cuban percussionist Luis Conte who played with Shakira & Carlos Santana was born in 1954
- Today in LatAm history, Dominican baseball player Julio Lugo who played for the Boston Red Sox was born in 1975