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(en) [CORRECTION](El-Salvador, URGENT ALERT! Police tear gas hospital ER killing at least three!

From western states cispes <wscispes@igc.apc.org>
Date Thu, 9 Mar 2000 05:34:04 -0500


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>From: CISPES National Office <cispesnatl@people-link.net>
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ACTION ALERT

March 6, 2000

ANTI-RIOT POLICE THROW TEAR GAS INTO HOSPITAL ROOM!!
AT LEAST THREE KILLED!
WORKERS URGENTLY REQUEST INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT

Early this afternoon, anti-riot police were called in to bust the ongoing
strike of the unionized Social Security doctors and health care workers in
El Salvador.  The police stormed the Hospital Mdico Quirurgico (surgery
hospital in San Salvador) and shot canisters of tear gas into the emergency
room where patients were being treated.  At least three have reportedly
died as a result of tear gas inhalation.

A massive mobilization is planned in El Salvador for Wednesday, March 8,
when tens of thousands of public and private sectors, and campesino
communities are expected to protest against the government, against
privatization of basic public services, and in support of the workers who
are defending the constitutional right to quality health care.

SUPPORT THE WORKERS - TAKE ACTION!

1.  Call the US State Department El Salvador Desk Officer, William Duncan
(202)-647-3505
* Tell him you are extremely concerned about the health care crisis in El
Salvador and the related  human and labor rights violations (i.e, attacks
on workers by police, fact that privatization of health care will mean that
>tha majority of the population will not be able to afford it, and
privitazation will bring about the firings of over 50,000 workers)
*  You request that the US State Department do all that it can to persuade
Salvadoran president Flores to investigate the deaths at the surgery
hospital and negotiate in good faith with the striking workers to resolve
the crisis

2.  Call Salvadoran President Francisco's Office 011-503-271-1555 (in
panish)
To demand a stop to the repression against workers, that there be an
investigation and trial for the police responsible for the deaths at the
hospital, that Mauricio Sandoval, head of the national police be fired, and
that he negotiate in good faith with the striking workers to resolve the
situation.  (See script in Spanish below.)

3.  SUPPORT THE STRIKERS IN DEFENSE OF HEALTH CARE!!
*  The striking health care workers have not received a paycheck in almost
four months and their organizing budget is spent.  Please send a
contribution to the CISPES emergency strike fund to support the strikers
and their families to pay for leaflets, sound system rental, banner
materials, and food.
Make checks payable to "CISPES Education Fund"  note: strike fund.  Mail to
address below
*  Send a solidarity statement to the workers by faxing it to:
212-645-7280, e-mailing it to the above e-mail address, or mailing it to
the address below.
(We will forward them to the workers.)
*  Sign onto the paid ad (dual letter to Flores and the workers) from the
Feb. 23 alert, if haven't done so already.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - -
(Ejemplo de que decir a la oficina de Flores/sample script in Spanish to
Flores' office)
 "He estado siguiendo la situacin del crisis de salud en El Salvador.  He
estado informado/a de que los anti-motines han sido llamado para repremir
las acciones del STISSS y SIMETRISS.  Como ciudadano/a estadonudense, le
solicito de que cese la represin en contra de los trabajadores, que haya
una investigacin y juicio a las policias responsables de las muertes en el
hospital Mdico Quirurgico, y que destituya a Mauricio Sandoval, Director
de la Policia Nacional Civil (PNC) .  Tambin, le solicito de que se reuna
directamente con los trabajadores para resolver la situacin."

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COMMITTEE IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE PEOPLE OF EL SALVADOR
National Office: 19 West 21st St., New York, NY 10010
Tel: 212-229-1290
Fax: 212-645-6657
cispesnatl@people-link.net * www.cispes.org

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Sent by Bay Area CISPES
3382 26th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Phone: (415)648-8222
Fax:   (415)648-6529



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