El Salvador buries revolutionary


An estimated 100,000 people have attended the funeral of one of Latin America's best-known revolutionary leaders, Schafik Handal. The former commander of El Salvador's left-wing FMLN guerrillas died of a heart attack on Tuesday aged 75. Delegations came from across Latin America for the funeral. The crowd, perhaps the largest gathering in El Salvador in 25 years, chanted revolutionary slogans as they followed Handal's coffin.

The red shirts of the former guerrillas filled San Salvador's central square where the funeral mass was held, as well as the surrounding streets. Schafik Handal was the main leader of the political party formed by El Salvador's left-wing guerrillas at the end of the civil war in 1992.