EL SALVADOR: Dangling Arms

Little El Salvador was the first Central American country to use passive resistance to depose a dictator. Last May General Maximiliano Hernández Martinez was ousted by a sit-down strike (brazos caidos, literally: arms dangling). When a military clique/headed by Colonel Osmin Aguirre y Salinas, clamped a new dictatorship on the country last week, Salvadorans began to dangle their arms again in a dangerous way.

Two weeks ago Colonel Aguirre and his officers muscled out Provisional President Andres Ignacio Menendez, under whom the 1,704,497 Salvadorans had enjoyed five months of wildly free speech and press. They had reinstated the country's Constitution...

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