EL SALVADOR: A Coup Against Chaos

A new regime promises reform, but may not be able to deliver

The country has long been on a collision course with anarchy. Since January, at least 600 people have died in clashes between El Salvador's military government, left-wing terrorists and murder squads directed by the country's ultra-reactionary oligarchy. Marxist guerrillas have kidnaped a score of foreign businessmen, extorting at least $40 million in ransoms. The kidnapings sparked a flight of foreign capital that further weakened the tottering economy of one of the hemisphere's more densely populated nations (531 people per sq. mi.)....

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