March 24, 1980: Archbishop Romero Assassinated

 Mothers of the Disappeared hold a picture of Romero. Part of the "Memorial Wall" mural in El Salvador on the history of the war of the 1980s back to 1932, when a peasant uprising was brutally repressed by the U.S. backed military dictatorship. (From Compadres, a Canadian teachers’ organization.) (c) Walkyman

Mothers of the Disappeared hold a picture of Archbishop Oscar Romero in a section of the Monument to Memory and Truth, Parque Cuscatlan, San Salvador, El Salvador. © Walkyman.

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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