Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Ignite posts continue
The people of El Salvador have faced repression for over 500 years.
In 1932 the rural indigenous people, the Pipil rebelled against the ruling class and military. Over the space of only a few days over 30,000 Pipil were massacred.
As a result of this repression, the indigenous people of El Salvador disappeared as a cultural entity. Their language, customs, dress, their entire way of life was suppressed. Only now are some of these traditions returning in the western part of the country.
Oscar Romero is the central figure in the story of the Salvadoran people. Here he stands next to his good friend, Fr. Rutillio Grande who was murdered in 1977.
For three years he preached against the repression of the military government in San Salvador. He challenged the established order and two weeks before his death called on the military to put down their arms for the sake of a higher justice.