[115], In its eleven years in power, the Sandinista government never overcame most of the economic inequalities that it inherited from the Somoza era. [43] Milpistas, former anti-Somoza rural militias, eventually formed the largest pool of recruits for the Contras. Each year from 1984 to 1990, however, showed a drop in the GDP. The costeños did not participate in the uprising against Somoza and viewed Sandinismo with suspicion from the outset. Its members are called Sandinistas [sandiˈnistas] in both English and Spanish. The large majority of members of the neighborhood committees (Comités de Defensa Sandinista) were women. These courts operated through relaxed rules of evidence and due process and were often staffed by law students and inexperienced lawyers. The next morning the National Guard executed Fonseca. The first allegation was supporting the FMLN rebels in El Salvador with safe haven, training, command-and-control headquarters, advice, weapons, ammunition, and other vital supplies. Nevertheless, the increasing corruption and repression characterizing the Somoza rule and the likelihood that the Sandinistas would emerge victorious ultimately influenced Archbishop Miguel Obando y Bravo to declare formal support for the Sandinistas' armed struggle. Once the Sandinistas assumed power, Cuba gave Nicaragua military advice, as well as aid in education, health care, vocational training and industry building for the impoverished Nicaraguan economy. The moderate "Broad Opposition Front" (Frente Amplio Opositor – FAO), which opposed Somoza, was made up of a conglomeration of dissidents within the government as well as the "Democratic Union of Liberation" (UDEL) and the "Twelve", representatives of the Terceristas (whose founding members included Casimiro A. Sotelo, later to become Ambassador to the U.S. and Canada representing the FSLN). Their obligations included political education, organizing Sandinista rallies, distributing food rations, organizing neighborhood/regional cleanup and recreational activities, policing to control looting, and apprehending counter-revolutionaries. Andrew and Mitrokhin say that in 1966, this KGB-controlled Sandinista sabotage and intelligence group was sent to northern Mexico near the US border to conduct surveillance for possible sabotage.[97]. It stated: "In the Commission's view, while the government of Nicaragua clearly intended to respect the lives of all those defeated in the civil war, during the weeks immediately subsequent to the Revolutionary triumph, when the government was not in effective control, illegal executions took place which violated the right to life, and these acts have not been investigated and the persons responsible have not been punished. [25] The Somoza government responded with further censorship, intimidation, torture, and murder. The Sandinista National Liberation Front (Spanish: Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional, FSLN) is a socialist political party in Nicaragua. [18] The guerrillas received US$2 million ransom, and had their official communiqué read on the radio and printed in the newspaper La Prensa. The Terceristas carried out attacks in early February in several Nicaraguan cities. Contra supporters have often tried to downplay these violations, or countered that the Sandinista government carried out much more. I believe in Sean Penn's Christopher McCandless. "[131], Human Rights Watch also stated in its 1989 report on Nicaragua that: "Under the Reagan administration, U.S. policy toward Nicaragua's Sandinista government was marked by constant hostility. [75] In 2011, Ortega was re-elected as President. The FSLN was founded in 1961 as a communist-backed guerrilla group of various opposition organizations. One of the literacy campaign's aims was to create a literate electorate that could make informed choices in the promised elections. Large numbers of semi-armed civilians joined the revolt and put the Guard garrisons of the latter four cities under siege. Julián López Díaz, a prominent DGI agent, was named Ambassador to Nicaragua. According to a study,[69] since the 1984 election was for posts subordinate to the Sandinista Directorate, the elections were no more subject to approval by vote than the Central Committee of the Communist Party is in countries of the East Bloc. Despite such ideas, which represented the point of view of a faction of the government, the Sandinista government remained officially committed to a mixed economy. They arrested Miguel Mora, owner of the Canal; Lucía Pineda, Head of Press of 100% Noticias and Verónica Chávez, wife of Miguel Mora and host of the Ellas Lo Dicen Program. There they would build a grassroots peasant support base in preparation for renewed rural guerrilla warfare.[28]. A nickname of the FSLN was "watermelon sellers," which, contrary to what Big Boss thought, did not derive from smuggling weapons in hollowed out watermelons, but from General Sandino's nickname sounding similar to the Spanish word for watermelon, "sandía.". The goals of the 1980 Literacy Campaign were socio-political, strategic as well as educational. The Comandante was later killed during Peace Sentinel's covert invasion of Costa Rica in 1974, with the group and its new leader Amanda being captured at a boathouse on the Rio del Jade. During the struggle against Somoza, the FSLN leaders' internal disagreements over strategy and tactics were reflected in three main factions: Nevertheless, while ideologies varied between FSLN leaders, all leaders essentially agreed that Sandino provided a path for the Nicaragua masses to take charge, and the FSLN would act as the legitimate vanguard. [84], The Confidential newspaper and other media were seized and taken by the government of Daniel Ortega[85] Several service stations of the Puma brand were closed on the afternoon, December 20, by representatives of the Nicaraguan Energy Institute (INE), a state entity that has the mandate to regulate, among others, the hydrocarbons sector. This included the eradication of illiteracy and the integration of different classes, races, gender and age. Even more unfortunate is the expression of that hostility in the destabilization campaign developed by the US administration. The president gave reconstruction contracts preferentially to family and friends, thereby profiting from the quake and increasing his control of the city's economy. Popular Participation and Mobilization – This calls for more than simple representative democracy. The September Insurrection of 1978 was subdued at the cost of several thousand, mostly civilian, casualties. The FSLN was founded as a communist-backed guerilla group of various oppositional organizations in 1961. We want a culture that is not the culture of an elite, of a group that is considered 'cultivated', but rather of an entire people. [citation needed], After the Nicaraguan revolution, the Sandinista government established a Ministry of Culture in 1980. [26] Somoza's National Guard also increased its violence against people and communities suspected of collaborating with the Sandinistas. [46] Many civil liberties were curtailed or canceled such as the freedom to organize demonstrations, the inviolability of the home, freedom of the press, freedom of speech, and the freedom to strike. The Independent Liberal Party (PLI), headed by Virgilio Godoy Reyes, announced its refusal to participate in October. Through the media and the works of FSLN leaders such as Carlos Fonseca, the life and times of Augusto César Sandino became its unique symbol in Nicaragua. [115], The women of Nicaragua prior to, during and after the revolution played a prominent role within the nation's society as they have commonly been recognized, throughout history and across all Latin American states, as its backbone. The Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) was established in Nicaragua in 1961. Over 100,000 Nicaraguans participated as literacy teachers. [citation needed], Another significant feat was the building of the Tipitapa-Malacatoya sugar mill. The U.S. government produced a photo alleged to show Miskito bodies being burned by Sandinista troops; however, the photo was actually of people killed by Somoza's National Guard in 1978. James Wheelock justified the actions of the Directorate by saying "... We are annulling the license of the false prophets and the oligarchs to attack the revolution. Hostility to the Catholic Church became so great that at one point, FSLN militants shouted down Pope John Paul II as he tried to say Mass. Palmer, Steven. They instituted a policy of mass literacy, devoted significant resources to health care, and promoted gender equality[9] but came under international criticism for human rights abuses, mass execution and oppression of indigenous peoples. In October 1977, a group of prominent Nicaraguan professionals, business leaders, and clergymen allied with the Terceristas to form "El Grupo de los Doce" (The Group of Twelve) in Costa Rica. [37] The FAO's efforts lost political legitimacy, as Nicaraguans protested that they did not want "Somocismo sin Somoza" (Somocism without Somoza). The delegation 'considers this issue to be a device being used to justify aggressive opposition to the present Nicaraguan government. The results of these elections were that the FSLN won 42.6% of the vote for parliament (versus 52.6% for the PLC), giving them 41 out of the 92 seats in the National Assembly (versus 48 for the PLC). Read Sandinista National Liberation Front books like Night of the Jaguar and Sandinistas with a free trial The earthquake killed 10,000 of the city's 400,000 residents and left another 50,000 homeless. The FSLN ultimately overthrew Anastasio Somoza Debayle in 1979, ending the Somoza dynasty, and establishing a revolutionary socialist government in its place. The State of Emergency, however, most notably affected rights and guarantees contained in the "Statute on Rights and Guarantees of Nicaraguans". The Sandinistas won second place in the congressional elections, with 36 of 93 seats. In total, twenty-four programs were cancelled. The revolution in Cuban education since the ousting of the US-backed Batista regime not only served as a model for Nicaragua but also provided technical assistance and advice. [20] President Anastasio Somoza Debayle's National Guard embezzled much of the international aid that flowed into the country to assist in reconstruction,[21][22] and several parts of downtown Managua were never rebuilt. [110] The ministry created a Sandinista daily newspaper named Barricada and its weekly cultural addition named Ventana along with the Television Sandino, Radio Sandino and the Nicaraguan film production unit called the INCINE. [31] The Terceristas' new strategy also included unarmed strikes and rioting by labor and student groups coordinated by the FSLN's "United People's Movement" (Movimiento Pueblo Unido – MPU). 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Reasons for the contraction included the reluctance of foreign banks to offer new loans, the diversion of funds to fight the new insurrection against the government, and, after 1985, the total embargo on trade with the United States, formerly Nicaragua's largest trading partner. Some of the more successful programs for women that were implemented by the Sandinistas were in the areas of education (see: Nicaraguan Literacy Campaign), health, and housing. Momenteel niet verkrijgbaar. The United States government showed its displeasure with Somoza by suspending all military assistance to the regime, but continued to approve economic assistance to the country for humanitarian reasons. The Contras operated out of camps in the neighboring countries of Honduras to the north and Costa Rica (see Edén Pastora cited below) to the south. In August 1996, San Jose Mercury News reporter Gary Webb published a series titled Dark Alliance,[58] linking the origins of crack cocaine in California to the CIA-Contra alliance. [127], The IACHR's 1991 annual report states: "In September 1990, the Commission was informed of the discovery of common graves in Nicaragua, especially in areas where fighting had occurred. This occurred despite the fact that the breakaway Sandinista Renovation Movement continued to oppose the FSLN, running former Mayor of Managua Herty Lewites as its candidate for president. [109] The ministry assisted in the creation of theatre groups, folklore and artisanal production, song groups, new journals of creation and cultural criticism, and training programs for cultural workers. The big loser of these elections was the former President Arnoldo Alemán Lacayo candidate Liberal Constitutionalist Party (PLC) who was located in a distant third with a 5.91% equivalent to 148,507 votes. Khrushchev sent the memo with his approval to his deputy Frol Kozlov and on August 1 it was, with minor revisions, passed as a CPSU Central Committee directive. The National Guard responded by further increasing repression and using force to contain and intimidate all government opposition. The Archbishop stated "The government wants a church that is aligned with the Marxist–Leninist regime. We weten niet of en wanneer dit item weer op voorraad is. Although initially willing to stand in the 1984 elections, the UNO, headed by Arturo Cruz (a former Sandinista), declined participation in the elections based on their own objections to the restrictions placed on the electoral process by the State of Emergency and the official advisement of President Ronald Reagan's State Department, who wanted to de-legitimize the election process. Edén Pastora and many of the indigenous guerrilla forces, who were not associated with the "Somozistas", also resisted the Sandinistas. The party is named after Augusto César Sandino, who led the Nicaraguan resistance against the United States occupation of Nicaragua in the 1930s. A new regulation also forced any organization outside of the government to first submit any statement it wanted to make public to the censorship bureau for prior approval.[49]. "Nicaragua Sandinista: del sueno a la realidad". [60] Regarding the specific charges towards the CIA, the DOJ wrote "the implication that the drug trafficking by the individuals discussed in the Mercury News articles was connected to the CIA was also not supported by the facts". [93] Three of these (excluding popular participation, which was presumably contained in Article 2 of the Constitution of Nicaragua) were to ultimately be guaranteed by Article 5 of the Constitution of Nicaragua. On December 27, 1974, the FSLN took hostages at a party at the house of a minister in the Somoza government. The FSLN won the majority of the votes,[14] and those who opposed the Sandinistas won approximately a third of the seats. As a reaction to an anti-Sandinista statement by British Prime Minister, Adeline Gröns y Schindler-McCoy de Argüello-Olivas, a journalist, university professor, diplomat Ambassador to East Germany, Consul General to the. Independent electoral observers from around the world—including groups from the UN as well as observers from Western Europe—found that the elections had been fair. For the Clash album, see, Relationship with eastern bloc intelligence agencies, Cooperation with foreign intelligence agencies during the 1980s, Human rights violations by the Sandinistas, United States government allegations of support for foreign rebels. Numerous Christian base communities (CEBs) were created in which lower level clergy and laity took part in consciousness raising initiatives to educate the peasants about the institutionalized violence they were suffering from. 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