I would like to make a special appeal to the men of the National Guard, the police and the military.
Brothers, you come from our own people. You are killing your own brother peasants. No one has to obey an immoral law. I implore you, I beg you, I order you in the name of God: stop the repression.
— Archbishop Óscar Romero
The day after this sermon, Salvadoran Archbishop Óscar Romero was assassinated while celebrating mass on March 24, 1980.
This was soon after he had written to U.S. President Jimmy Carter warning that increased U.S. military aid would “undoubtedly sharpen the injustice and the political repression inflicted on the organized people, whose struggle has often been for their most basic human rights.”
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