El Salvador: Huge March Buries Revolutionary Handal
in what the BBC says is the largest crowd to assemble in El Salvador in 25 years, at least 100,000 came out to say goodbye to leftist icon Schafik Handal. From the BBC:
Schafik Handal was the main leader of the political party formed by El Salvador's left-wing guerrillas at the end of the civil war in 1992.
During the war he was a top guerrilla top commander, for 12 years defying the largest US-led counter-insurgency effort since Vietnam.
Before that he was a veteran of decades of clandestine struggle against one of Latin America's most brutal military dictatorships, suffering imprisonment and exile.
This, San Salvador's deputy archbishop Monsignor Rosa Chavez told the crowd, was his most important contribution.
He said Mr Handal had himself wanted to be remembered as a fighter for democracy in his country, whose struggle to get the people of El Salvador the right to choose for themselves.