El Romero Research Paper

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After the signing of The Gdansk Agreement in 1980, Lech Walesa said, “We may not have got everything we wanted, but we got the most important, our independent self-governing trade unions. That is our guarantee for the future” (Craig 36). This proves that not all demands are met in a non-violent protest, but that doesn’t deem it unsuccessful. Ranging from acts of silence, to marches, sit-ins, and boycotts, non-violence has had its effect on nations worldwide. Whether it’s the pursuit of Solidarity in Poland, or the struggle for liberation theology in El Salvador, non-violent campaigns have made their actions known so they could achieve as much as possible, even if it’s not everything they wanted, as Walesa stated. Unification of the protestors, even when hope seems to fail, is what makes the success of a…show more content…
Before Romero’s bitter feelings towards the government, it already had death squads and military targeting the reformers (“El Salvadoran”). What made it worse was when they refused to investigate the murder of Romero’s closest friend (“Oscar Romero”). The church was opposed to Romero and his ideas because it went against church teachings. Originally, the Vatican had sent Romero to El Salvador to restore conservative authority because they knew that liberation theology was on the rise, and they wanted to suppress it (Foley 78). The constant jump from political to religious issues created lack of unity, which is what aimed this campaign towards failure. If a leader is not consistent with their stance, then the people will not be fully guided, which was shown after Romero’s death. Romero was shot while serving mass on March 24, 1980, and this is one of the events that led the people into violent action (78). After this, up until the late 80’s, the El Salvadoran Civil war continued with bloodshed and violence (“El

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