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Salvadoran moderates are stung by rightists

US-backed Christian Democrats are alarmed by what they charge is a rightist purge here of party members from key government posts and a rash of slayings of party activists.

A broadcast Sunday by leftist guerrilla radio claimed antigovernment insurgents overran the town of Perquin, northeast of San Salvador, and repelled several army assaults to recapture it.

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Moderate Christian Democrats, who for two years ruled the Central American nation of 4.5 million in a shaky alliance with the military, called a special meeting Sunday amid charges rightists are purging them from key jobs.

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