President Obama has had to face up to memories of the US-backed repression in Central America during a visit that coincided with the anniversary of the assassination of the legendary Archbishop of El Salvador, Oscar Romero, on 24 March 1980.
Protesters in El Salvador also demanded that Obama rework or scrap the Central American Free Trade Agreement, which has crippled agriculture in the country.
On the day before he was assassinated by a US-backed death squad, Romero had delivered a powerful sermon during which he called on soldiers to stop torturing and killing their brother and sister Salvadoreans. He also ordered the US-backed regime in El Salvador to “stop the repression” in the name of God.
Today, the spirit of Romero lives on in Latin America in the struggles of ordinary people for human dignity and economic justice.