[Mel King on El Salvador elections]
Original Airdate: 3/29/1984
Item Type: newstape - original footage
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Description : Abstract
Mel King (social activist), Patrick deTemple (attorney, City of Cambridge) and Martin Putnam (attorney) hold a press conference to report on their nine-day trip to El Salvador to observe elections. Putnam describes the people and officials with whom the delegation met, and he describes their visits to two prisons and a refugee camp. Putnam recounts their experiences at a political rally and their observations at polling places. Putnam notes the occurrences of violence and intimidation during the elections; he talks about violations of both human and civil rights in El Salvador. Putnam describes the electoral process in El Salvador. Putnam and deTemple describe the fear and confusion on the part of the El Salvadoran voters. King talks about the national and international forces at play in El Salvador and condemns the US Government's support for elections in El Salvador. King asserts that the elections will accomplish little; he says that the elections do not represent the interests of the El Salvadorean citizens. Tape 1 of 2.
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Human rights advocacy
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News - Unedited
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