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El Salvador 1981 An Overview Peasants in El Salvador did not have a good life They were violently oppressed by their government and their lives were practically dictated to them They lived in a so called democracy but they couldnt vote for whom they wanted and they couldnt openly oppose their government without the most severe of all punishments You would be shot dead where you stood if a national guard found you passing out political leaflets that opposed the government Forch 15 If you decided to vote against the government you would be taken away from your home in the night and your family would never find you The people were oppressed and most of them were too scared to strike back The scared ones would either run to refugee camps in Honduras or go about their lives and pray nothing would happen to them or their families The ones who were not afraid joined ranks with any number of rebel militias There was a civil war being fought in 1981 the fighting had first began two years earlier Communist rebel militias openly opposed the government in an effort to see it crumble to the ground The El Salvadorian forces were very afraid of the rebels so afraid of them in fact that they viewed every peasant as being in allegiance with them On the streets the national guard would randomly force people face down on the ground and check for their identification Forch 56 If they didnt have their identification on them they would either be killed where they lay or arrested interrogated and then killed So say you forgot you ID at home you were then assumed to be a rebel and you would be killed without a fair trial This is one of the many reasons why many innocent civilians were killed However the main reason why most innocent civilians were killed was the government of El Salvador wanted to keep
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