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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: May 2019

4 - Labor Conflicts in Puerto El Triunfo, El Salvador, 1985


Ovidio Granadeño knew about repression before he arrived in Puerto El Triunfo. In 1974, in the cathedral of San Vicente, he had voiced a statement of protest against the removal of the Liberation Theology–inspired priest, David Rodriguez, from his parish. From that moment on, Ovidio faced harassment and discrimination from local landlords who viewed him as a subversive. He had an increasingly difficult time obtaining work as a farm laborer. Gradually, his sympathy with Liberation Theology, his prior experience in the Bakers’ Union in San Salvador, and the landlord reaction pushed him toward activism in the Bloque Popular Revolucionario (BPR) and the Federación de Trabajadores de Campo (FTC).