Next issue >> Somoza gunned down in exile. ▶ Bookmark articles to your own reading list [4] Those who did oppose the Sandinistas won approximately a third of the seats. US terror ensured that Nicaragua couldn't demobilise its army and divert its pitifully poor and limited resources to reconstructing the ruins that were left by the US-backed dictators and Reaganite crimes. Nicaragua opens the door to a new president for life. Click here to register now. The FSLN took over a nation plagued by malnutrition, disease, and pesticide contaminations. With the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980, relations between the United States and the Sandinista regime became an active front in the Cold War. Chamorro promised to end the unpopular military draft, bring about democratic reconciliation, and promote economic growth. On June 4, a general strike was called by the FSLN to last until Somoza fell and an uprising was launched in Managua. Defend the Occupation Carlos Marighella Against the Genocide Racist State of Brazil, Davoud Rafiei a Workers Rights Activist has been punished with 74 lashes in Iran. Official rationales and aims. We wanted Nicaraguans to starve so we could accuse the Sandinistas of economic mismanagement. killing and exiled opposition. In the early 1980s, the World Bank called its projects "extraordinarily successful in Nicaragua in some sectors, better than anywhere else in the world." It wasn't just the events in El Salvador that were ignored by the mainstream US media during the 1970s. Shepard Sherbell / Getty Images. Named for [8] Due to the rules governing the Council of State, in 1980 both non-FSLN junta members resigned. The contras' vicious terrorist attacks against "soft targets" under US orders did help, along with the boycott, to end any hope of economic development and social reform. Come one, come all! [14] Other opposition parties such as the Conservative Democratic Party and the Independent Liberal party, were both free to denounce the Sandinista government and participate in the elections.[15]. ▶ Get 'recent posts' refreshed more regularly A leader in the Sandinista National Liberation Front (Spanish: Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional; FSLN), he implemented policies to achieve leftist reforms across Nicaragua. They argued that this was a response to attacks by counter-revolutionary forces. In March 1982 the Sandinistas declared an official State of Emergency. [22], Council of National Reconstruction (1979–1980), The Cuban revolution and its extension: Resolution of the Socialist Workers Party. Cambridge historian Christopher Andrews claimed that it was later discovered that the FSLN had, in fact, been actively suppressing right-wing opposition parties while leaving moderate parties alone, with Ortega claiming that the moderates "presented no danger and served as a convenient facade to the outside world". If you don't have permissions to post content yet, just request it here. The dictator, Daniel Ortega, has executed a terrifying crackdown on the country. Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega was reelected as president in 2006, 2011, and 2016. Back in 1981, a State Department insider boasted that we would "turn Nicaragua into the Albania of Central America" - that is, poor, isolated and politically radical - so that the Sandinista dream of creating a new, more exemplary political model for Latin America would be in ruins. Anastasio Somoza Debayle, son of former president Anastasio Somoza Garcia, served as president from 1967-1972 and 1974-1979, until he was ousted during the Sandinista revolution. Reasons for U.S. involvement in Nicaragua during the 1980s 3.1. The elections of 1990, which had been mandated by the constitution passed in 1987, saw the Bush administration funnel $49.75 million of ‘non-lethal’ aid to the Contras, as well as $9m to the opposition UNO—equivalent to $2 billion worth of intervention by a foreign power in a US election at the time, and proportionately five times the amount George Bush had spent on his own election campaign. ASUNCION, Paraguay (UPI) — Former Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza was assassinated Wednesday by six men attacked his … José Daniel Ortega Saavedra is a Nicaraguan politician serving as President of Nicaragua since 2007; previously he was leader of Nicaragua from 1979 to 1990, first as Coordinator of the Junta of National Reconstruction (1979–1985) and then as President (1985–1990). … The members of the new junta were Daniel Ortega (FSLN), Moisés Hassan (FPN), Sergio Ramírez (the "Twelve"), Alfonso Robelo (MDN) and Violeta Barrios de Chamorro, the widow of La Prensa's director Pedro Joaquín Chamorro. Samuel K. Doe: ... Nicaragua: 1856–1857 : An American … Nicaragua was of no concern at all, as long as Somoza's tyrannical rule wasn't challenged. On July 9, the provisional government in exile released a government program, in which it pledged to organize an effective democratic regime, promote political pluralism and universal suffrage, and ban ideological discrimination, except for those promoting the "return of Somoza's rule". The proportionately equivalent figures for the US would have been 5 million casualties and $25 trillion lost. Just about all US policymakers shared it, and it reached virtual frenzy. It takes me back to 2017 when Estuary Press published the Program of Economic Reactivation for the Benefit of the People, 1980 / Plan de reactivación económica en beneficio del Pueblo, 1980.Program of Economic Reactivation for the Benefit of the People, 1980 / … US achievements in Central America in the past fifteen years are a major tragedy, not just because of the appalling human cost, but because a decade ago there were prospects for real progress towards meaningful democracy and meeting human needs, with early successes in El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua. The FSLN lost elections in 1990 to Violeta Barrios de Chamorro, after revising the constitution in 1987 and after years of resisting the United States-supported Contras, but retained a minority of seats in the legislature. Despite the clear electoral victory for the Sandinistas, the Contras continued their violent attacks on both state and civilian targets, until 1989. However, the Council of State only gave political parties twelve of forty-seven seats, the rest of the seats were given to Sandinista mass-organizations. At the other end of the political spectrum, leading Senate liberal Alan Cranston said that if it turned out not to be possible to destroy the Sandinistas, then we'd just have to let them "fester in [their] own juices.". This devastating hurricane, with its welcome prospects of mass starvation and long-term ecological damage, reinforced our efforts. The new government had big plans, including a massive literacy … ... During the 1980s, characterized by scarcity and rationing, the COSEP presidents who … And yet, despite astronomical levels of military support, the United States failed to create a viable military force in Nicaragua. The Contras were soon under the control of Nicaraguan business elites who opposed Sandinista policies to seize their assets. As head of the National Guard, he was de facto ruler of the country from 1967 to 1979. [7] To begin the task of establishing a new government, they founded a Council (or junta) of National Reconstruction, made up of five appointed members. Years of conflict had left 50,000 casualties and $12b of damages in a society of 3.5m people and an annual GNP of $2b. On July 19, 1979 a new government was proclaimed under a provisional junta headed by 35-year-old Daniel Ortega and including Violeta Chamorro, Pedro's widow. Sandinista, one of a Nicaraguan group that overthrew President Anastasio Somoza Debayle in 1979, ending 46 years of dictatorship by the Somoza family. Why did the US go to such lengths in Nicaragua? MANAGUA (Reuters) - An influential Nicaraguan journalist critical of the country’s government said on Monday that local journalism was living its worst moment under repression by President Daniel Ortega. We didn't send a penny for that, because if we had, it would probably have gotten to the people, not just into the pockets of some rich thug. Other agencies told a similar story. First, we exerted extreme pressure to compel the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank to terminate all projects and assistance. On July 17, Somoza resigned, handed over power to Francisco Urcuyo, and fled to Miami. The Sandinistas overthrew a dictator in the Central American nation in 1979, and then began to impose socialist policies. That's quite remarkable, if you think about it. The strategic goal of the Final Offensive was the division of the enemy's forces. The FSLN overthrew Anastasio Somoza in 1979, ending 42 years of military dictatorship by the Somoza family and ushering in a socialist revolution. The left and rape : why we should all be ashamed of the left’s role in covering up the rape of 2 million women. Second, we launched the contra war along with an illegal economic war to terminate what Oxfam rightly called "the threat of a good example." 91.8% of those who voted for the UNO agreed with this. As Somoza Debayle’s car stopped, an Argentinian commando, … The State of Emergency, however, most notably affected rights and guarantees contained in the "Statute on Rights and Guarantees of Nicaraguans. While initially seeking to remain in power to serve out Somoza's presidential term, Urcuyo seceded his position to the junta and fled to Guatemala two days later. They also used Argentina as a proxy. In the ten years prior to the overthrow of the Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza in 1979, US television - all networks - devoted exactly one hour to Nicaragua, and that was entirely on the Managua earthquake of 1972. [2] The primary commander of the Liberals on this coast was José María Moncada, who fought to make the exiled Dr. Sacasa president. faoumes for the Guinea-Bissau Civil War. The conflict came to an end after a military and diplomatic intervention by the United States resulted in the Peace of Tipitapa. The Carter administration flew Guard commanders out of the country in planes with Red Cross markings (a war crime), and began to reconstitute the Guard on Nicaragua's borders. Soil erosion and dust storms were also a problem in Nicaragua at the time due to deforestation. On July 19, the FSLN army entered Managua, culminating the first goal of the Nicaraguan revolution. Young guerrilla cadres and the National Guardsmen were clashing almost daily in cities throughout the country. In 1979, the Sandinista National Liberation Front overthrew Anastasio Somoza Debayle, a dictator whose family had been in power in Nicaragua since 1936. HAVANA TIMES – The US economic sanctions against the Venezuelan regime and the warnings from US National Security Advisor John Bolton about a potential economic blockade on the Nicaraguan dictatorship have revived the phantoms of scarcity and extreme poverty that ravaged the country during the decade of the 1980s, during the first dictatorship of Daniel Ortega and the Sandinista National … I leave the media reaction to your imagination. 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The international development organisation Oxfam explained the real reasons, stating that, from its experience of working in 76 developing countries, "Nicaragua was...exceptional in the strength of that government's commitment...to improving the condition of the people and encouraging their active participation in the development process.". We also intimidated other countries so they wouldn't send aid either. Nicaraguan president Anastasio Somoza Debayle sits in front of a row of weapons. [8] Of the twelve seats reserved for political parties, only three were not allied to the FSLN. He was the last member of the Somoza family to be President, … The hatred that was elicited by the Sandinistas for trying to direct resources to the poor (and even succeeding at it) was truly wondrous to behold. The election was certified as "free and fair" by the majority of international observers. States, Ideologies, and Social Revolutions: A Comparative Analysis of Iran, Nicaragua, and the Philippines by Misargh Parsa for Cambridge University Press. He continued financial support to the new government indeed in terms of a guarantee of not using the money for an export of the revolutionary thoughts into other Central … The first challenge to the powerful new army came from the Contras, groups of Somoza's National Guard who had fled to Honduras. President Reagan called the Contras "the moral equivalent of our founding fathers.". The 1984 elections, described by international observers as fair and free,[3] were boycotted by the main opposition party. Ronald Reagan used them to launch a large-scale terrorist war against Nicaragua, combined with economic warfare that was even more lethal. Page 74. Of the four Central American countries where Oxfam had a significant presence (El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua), only in Nicaragua was there a substantial effort to address inequities in land ownership and to extend health, educational and agricultural services to poor peasant families. Nevertheless, as of the 1982 State of Emergency, opposition parties were no longer given representation in the council. ", The success of the Sandinista reforms terrified US planners. The article has been edited slightly by libcom – US to UK spellings and a few small details have been added for the reader new to the topic. [citation needed] Other observers, the Nicaraguan political opposition and the Reagan administration claimed political restrictions were placed on the opposition by the government, and that a relatively short period of greater openness was not sufficient for a free election. John Perry From Masaya. [18][19] When Violetta Chamorro visited the White House in November 1989, the US pledged to maintain the embargo against Nicaragua unless Violeta Chamorro won. I myself travelled at the age of 19 to Nicaragua in 1987 to do reforestation work for a month in Ocotal, Nicaragua with the Nicaragua Network. If you're not sure if something is appropriate for the library, please ask in the feedback and content forum. That didn't work, so President Carter tried to maintain Somoza's National Guard as a base for US power. In 1983, The Inter-American Development Bank concluded that "Nicaragua has made noteworthy progress in the social sector, which is laying the basis for long-term socio-economic development. (Although Figueres was the leading democratic figure in Central America for forty years, his unacceptable insights into the real world were completely censored from the US media.). So the US launched a three-fold attack against Nicaragua. [10], All independent news program broadcasts were suspended. From 1960 through 1978, the New York Times had three editorials on Nicaragua. We even refused to send disaster relief. They were aware that - as José Figueres, the father of Costa Rican democracy, put it - "for the first time, Nicaragua has a government that cares for its people." Many Nicaraguans expected the country's economic crisis to deepen and the Contra conflict to continue if the Sandinistas remained in power. Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega was reelected as president in 2006, 2011, and 2016. At that point, the US ambassador sent a cable to the White House saying it would be "ill-advised" to tell the Guard to call off the bombing, because that might interfere with the policy of keeping them in power and the Sandinistas out. The threat has been successfully aborted, perhaps forever. The dictatorship, security forces —Army and Police—, and the oligarchy. History of Nicaragua; Spanish conquest (1519–1533) Piracy on Lake Nicaragua (1665–1857) US occupation (1912–1933) Nicaraguan civil war (1926–27) Sandinista insurrection (1961–1979) Sandinista period (1979–1990) Post-Sandinista period (1990–2007) Ortega return (2006–2020) ... Due to the rules governing the Council of State, in 1980 both non-FSLN junta members resigned. The FSLN focused on guerrilla tactics almost immediately, inspired by the campaigns of Fidel Castro and Ché Guevara. Luckily, there's a range of ways you can filter the library content to suit your needs, from casual browsing to researching a particular topic. [5] American Marines and sailors were sent to occupy the country's ports to establish The new rulers of Nicaragua evoked different responses from the U.S. government. The FSLN won the majority of the votes. Back to article image view << Previous issue < Previous article. The Vidette, Volume 93, Number 25, 18 September 1980 — Somoza gunned down in exile [ARTICLE] Contents of this issue. [17] Ortega was overwhelmingly elected President in 1984, but the long years of war had decimated Nicaragua's economy and widespread poverty ensued. One of the most respected Central America correspondents, Julia Preston (who was then working for the Boston Globe), reported that "Administration officials said they are content to see the contras debilitate the Sandinistas by forcing them to divert scarce resources toward the war and away from social programs." Because they weren't under our control, Nicaraguans had to suffer and die. The National Guard had always been remarkably brutal and sadistic. Ex-guardsmen of the Nicaraguan National Guard and other right-wing figures who had fought for Nicaragua's ex-dictator Somoza ... At this time, it only outlawed U.S. assistance to the contras for the purpose of overthrowing the Nicaraguan government, while allowing assistance ... By the late 1980s Nicaragua's internal conditions had changed so radically that the US approach to the 1990 elections … As Tony Avirgan wrote in the Costa Rican journal Mesoamerica, "the Sandinistas fell for a scam perpetrated by Costa Rican president Oscar Arias and the other Central American Presidents, which cost them the February [1990] elections.". Anastasio "Tachito" Somoza Debayle (Spanish: [anasˈtasjo soˈmosa ðeˈβajle]; 5 December 1925 – 17 September 1980) was a Nicaraguan dictator and officially the President of Nicaragua from 1 May 1967 to 1 May 1972 and from 1 December 1974 to 17 July 1979. Journalist Carlos Fernando Chamorro, critic of the government of President Daniel Ortega speaks during an interview with Reuters in Managua, Nicaragua… The war left approximately 50,000 dead and 150,000 Nicaraguans in exile. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo launched another attack on Nicaragua’s Sandinista government last month, accusing President Daniel Ortega of being a “dictator” who is “doubling down on repression and refusing to honor the democratic aspirations of the Nicaraguan people.” [1] The State Department openly supports what it calls “a return to democracy in Nicaragua”, … The Sandinistas were victorious in the national election of November 4, 1984, gathering 67% of the vote. Penetrating … ▶ Use the site private messaging system [10] 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 long war against the Contras severely weakened Nicaraguan economy, weakening the position of the Sandinistas. 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US terror ensured that Nicaragua couldn't demobilise its army and divert its pitifully poor and limited resources to reconstructing the ruins that were left by the US-backed dictators and Reaganite crimes. Nicaragua opens the door to a new president for life. Click here to register now. The FSLN took over a nation plagued by malnutrition, disease, and pesticide contaminations. With the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980, relations between the United States and the Sandinista regime became an active front in the Cold War. Chamorro promised to end the unpopular military draft, bring about democratic reconciliation, and promote economic growth. On June 4, a general strike was called by the FSLN to last until Somoza fell and an uprising was launched in Managua. Defend the Occupation Carlos Marighella Against the Genocide Racist State of Brazil, Davoud Rafiei a Workers Rights Activist has been punished with 74 lashes in Iran. Official rationales and aims. We wanted Nicaraguans to starve so we could accuse the Sandinistas of economic mismanagement. killing and exiled opposition. In the early 1980s, the World Bank called its projects "extraordinarily successful in Nicaragua in some sectors, better than anywhere else in the world." It wasn't just the events in El Salvador that were ignored by the mainstream US media during the 1970s. Shepard Sherbell / Getty Images. Named for [8] Due to the rules governing the Council of State, in 1980 both non-FSLN junta members resigned. The contras' vicious terrorist attacks against "soft targets" under US orders did help, along with the boycott, to end any hope of economic development and social reform. Come one, come all! [14] Other opposition parties such as the Conservative Democratic Party and the Independent Liberal party, were both free to denounce the Sandinista government and participate in the elections.[15]. ▶ Get 'recent posts' refreshed more regularly A leader in the Sandinista National Liberation Front (Spanish: Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional; FSLN), he implemented policies to achieve leftist reforms across Nicaragua. They argued that this was a response to attacks by counter-revolutionary forces. In March 1982 the Sandinistas declared an official State of Emergency. [22], Council of National Reconstruction (1979–1980), The Cuban revolution and its extension: Resolution of the Socialist Workers Party. Cambridge historian Christopher Andrews claimed that it was later discovered that the FSLN had, in fact, been actively suppressing right-wing opposition parties while leaving moderate parties alone, with Ortega claiming that the moderates "presented no danger and served as a convenient facade to the outside world". If you don't have permissions to post content yet, just request it here. The dictator, Daniel Ortega, has executed a terrifying crackdown on the country. Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega was reelected as president in 2006, 2011, and 2016. Back in 1981, a State Department insider boasted that we would "turn Nicaragua into the Albania of Central America" - that is, poor, isolated and politically radical - so that the Sandinista dream of creating a new, more exemplary political model for Latin America would be in ruins. Anastasio Somoza Debayle, son of former president Anastasio Somoza Garcia, served as president from 1967-1972 and 1974-1979, until he was ousted during the Sandinista revolution. Reasons for U.S. involvement in Nicaragua during the 1980s 3.1. The elections of 1990, which had been mandated by the constitution passed in 1987, saw the Bush administration funnel $49.75 million of ‘non-lethal’ aid to the Contras, as well as $9m to the opposition UNO—equivalent to $2 billion worth of intervention by a foreign power in a US election at the time, and proportionately five times the amount George Bush had spent on his own election campaign. ASUNCION, Paraguay (UPI) — Former Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza was assassinated Wednesday by six men attacked his … José Daniel Ortega Saavedra is a Nicaraguan politician serving as President of Nicaragua since 2007; previously he was leader of Nicaragua from 1979 to 1990, first as Coordinator of the Junta of National Reconstruction (1979–1985) and then as President (1985–1990). … The members of the new junta were Daniel Ortega (FSLN), Moisés Hassan (FPN), Sergio Ramírez (the "Twelve"), Alfonso Robelo (MDN) and Violeta Barrios de Chamorro, the widow of La Prensa's director Pedro Joaquín Chamorro. Samuel K. Doe: ... Nicaragua: 1856–1857 : An American … Nicaragua was of no concern at all, as long as Somoza's tyrannical rule wasn't challenged. On July 9, the provisional government in exile released a government program, in which it pledged to organize an effective democratic regime, promote political pluralism and universal suffrage, and ban ideological discrimination, except for those promoting the "return of Somoza's rule". The proportionately equivalent figures for the US would have been 5 million casualties and $25 trillion lost. Just about all US policymakers shared it, and it reached virtual frenzy. It takes me back to 2017 when Estuary Press published the Program of Economic Reactivation for the Benefit of the People, 1980 / Plan de reactivación económica en beneficio del Pueblo, 1980.Program of Economic Reactivation for the Benefit of the People, 1980 / … US achievements in Central America in the past fifteen years are a major tragedy, not just because of the appalling human cost, but because a decade ago there were prospects for real progress towards meaningful democracy and meeting human needs, with early successes in El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua. The FSLN lost elections in 1990 to Violeta Barrios de Chamorro, after revising the constitution in 1987 and after years of resisting the United States-supported Contras, but retained a minority of seats in the legislature. Despite the clear electoral victory for the Sandinistas, the Contras continued their violent attacks on both state and civilian targets, until 1989. However, the Council of State only gave political parties twelve of forty-seven seats, the rest of the seats were given to Sandinista mass-organizations. At the other end of the political spectrum, leading Senate liberal Alan Cranston said that if it turned out not to be possible to destroy the Sandinistas, then we'd just have to let them "fester in [their] own juices.". This devastating hurricane, with its welcome prospects of mass starvation and long-term ecological damage, reinforced our efforts. The new government had big plans, including a massive literacy … ... During the 1980s, characterized by scarcity and rationing, the COSEP presidents who … And yet, despite astronomical levels of military support, the United States failed to create a viable military force in Nicaragua. The Contras were soon under the control of Nicaraguan business elites who opposed Sandinista policies to seize their assets. As head of the National Guard, he was de facto ruler of the country from 1967 to 1979. [7] To begin the task of establishing a new government, they founded a Council (or junta) of National Reconstruction, made up of five appointed members. Years of conflict had left 50,000 casualties and $12b of damages in a society of 3.5m people and an annual GNP of $2b. On July 19, 1979 a new government was proclaimed under a provisional junta headed by 35-year-old Daniel Ortega and including Violeta Chamorro, Pedro's widow. Sandinista, one of a Nicaraguan group that overthrew President Anastasio Somoza Debayle in 1979, ending 46 years of dictatorship by the Somoza family. Why did the US go to such lengths in Nicaragua? MANAGUA (Reuters) - An influential Nicaraguan journalist critical of the country’s government said on Monday that local journalism was living its worst moment under repression by President Daniel Ortega. We didn't send a penny for that, because if we had, it would probably have gotten to the people, not just into the pockets of some rich thug. Other agencies told a similar story. First, we exerted extreme pressure to compel the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank to terminate all projects and assistance. On July 17, Somoza resigned, handed over power to Francisco Urcuyo, and fled to Miami. The Sandinistas overthrew a dictator in the Central American nation in 1979, and then began to impose socialist policies. That's quite remarkable, if you think about it. The strategic goal of the Final Offensive was the division of the enemy's forces. The FSLN overthrew Anastasio Somoza in 1979, ending 42 years of military dictatorship by the Somoza family and ushering in a socialist revolution. The left and rape : why we should all be ashamed of the left’s role in covering up the rape of 2 million women. Second, we launched the contra war along with an illegal economic war to terminate what Oxfam rightly called "the threat of a good example." 91.8% of those who voted for the UNO agreed with this. As Somoza Debayle’s car stopped, an Argentinian commando, … The State of Emergency, however, most notably affected rights and guarantees contained in the "Statute on Rights and Guarantees of Nicaraguans. While initially seeking to remain in power to serve out Somoza's presidential term, Urcuyo seceded his position to the junta and fled to Guatemala two days later. They also used Argentina as a proxy. In the ten years prior to the overthrow of the Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza in 1979, US television - all networks - devoted exactly one hour to Nicaragua, and that was entirely on the Managua earthquake of 1972. [2] The primary commander of the Liberals on this coast was José María Moncada, who fought to make the exiled Dr. Sacasa president. faoumes for the Guinea-Bissau Civil War. The conflict came to an end after a military and diplomatic intervention by the United States resulted in the Peace of Tipitapa. The Carter administration flew Guard commanders out of the country in planes with Red Cross markings (a war crime), and began to reconstitute the Guard on Nicaragua's borders. Soil erosion and dust storms were also a problem in Nicaragua at the time due to deforestation. On July 19, the FSLN army entered Managua, culminating the first goal of the Nicaraguan revolution. Young guerrilla cadres and the National Guardsmen were clashing almost daily in cities throughout the country. In 1979, the Sandinista National Liberation Front overthrew Anastasio Somoza Debayle, a dictator whose family had been in power in Nicaragua since 1936. HAVANA TIMES – The US economic sanctions against the Venezuelan regime and the warnings from US National Security Advisor John Bolton about a potential economic blockade on the Nicaraguan dictatorship have revived the phantoms of scarcity and extreme poverty that ravaged the country during the decade of the 1980s, during the first dictatorship of Daniel Ortega and the Sandinista National … I leave the media reaction to your imagination. 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The international development organisation Oxfam explained the real reasons, stating that, from its experience of working in 76 developing countries, "Nicaragua was...exceptional in the strength of that government's commitment...to improving the condition of the people and encouraging their active participation in the development process.". We also intimidated other countries so they wouldn't send aid either. Nicaraguan president Anastasio Somoza Debayle sits in front of a row of weapons. [8] Of the twelve seats reserved for political parties, only three were not allied to the FSLN. He was the last member of the Somoza family to be President, … The hatred that was elicited by the Sandinistas for trying to direct resources to the poor (and even succeeding at it) was truly wondrous to behold. The election was certified as "free and fair" by the majority of international observers. States, Ideologies, and Social Revolutions: A Comparative Analysis of Iran, Nicaragua, and the Philippines by Misargh Parsa for Cambridge University Press. He continued financial support to the new government indeed in terms of a guarantee of not using the money for an export of the revolutionary thoughts into other Central … The first challenge to the powerful new army came from the Contras, groups of Somoza's National Guard who had fled to Honduras. President Reagan called the Contras "the moral equivalent of our founding fathers.". The 1984 elections, described by international observers as fair and free,[3] were boycotted by the main opposition party. Ronald Reagan used them to launch a large-scale terrorist war against Nicaragua, combined with economic warfare that was even more lethal. Page 74. Of the four Central American countries where Oxfam had a significant presence (El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua), only in Nicaragua was there a substantial effort to address inequities in land ownership and to extend health, educational and agricultural services to poor peasant families. Nevertheless, as of the 1982 State of Emergency, opposition parties were no longer given representation in the council. ", The success of the Sandinista reforms terrified US planners. The article has been edited slightly by libcom – US to UK spellings and a few small details have been added for the reader new to the topic. [citation needed] Other observers, the Nicaraguan political opposition and the Reagan administration claimed political restrictions were placed on the opposition by the government, and that a relatively short period of greater openness was not sufficient for a free election. John Perry From Masaya. [18][19] When Violetta Chamorro visited the White House in November 1989, the US pledged to maintain the embargo against Nicaragua unless Violeta Chamorro won. I myself travelled at the age of 19 to Nicaragua in 1987 to do reforestation work for a month in Ocotal, Nicaragua with the Nicaragua Network. If you're not sure if something is appropriate for the library, please ask in the feedback and content forum. That didn't work, so President Carter tried to maintain Somoza's National Guard as a base for US power. In 1983, The Inter-American Development Bank concluded that "Nicaragua has made noteworthy progress in the social sector, which is laying the basis for long-term socio-economic development. (Although Figueres was the leading democratic figure in Central America for forty years, his unacceptable insights into the real world were completely censored from the US media.). So the US launched a three-fold attack against Nicaragua. [10], All independent news program broadcasts were suspended. From 1960 through 1978, the New York Times had three editorials on Nicaragua. We even refused to send disaster relief. They were aware that - as José Figueres, the father of Costa Rican democracy, put it - "for the first time, Nicaragua has a government that cares for its people." Many Nicaraguans expected the country's economic crisis to deepen and the Contra conflict to continue if the Sandinistas remained in power. Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega was reelected as president in 2006, 2011, and 2016. At that point, the US ambassador sent a cable to the White House saying it would be "ill-advised" to tell the Guard to call off the bombing, because that might interfere with the policy of keeping them in power and the Sandinistas out. The threat has been successfully aborted, perhaps forever. The dictatorship, security forces —Army and Police—, and the oligarchy. History of Nicaragua; Spanish conquest (1519–1533) Piracy on Lake Nicaragua (1665–1857) US occupation (1912–1933) Nicaraguan civil war (1926–27) Sandinista insurrection (1961–1979) Sandinista period (1979–1990) Post-Sandinista period (1990–2007) Ortega return (2006–2020) ... Due to the rules governing the Council of State, in 1980 both non-FSLN junta members resigned. The FSLN focused on guerrilla tactics almost immediately, inspired by the campaigns of Fidel Castro and Ché Guevara. Luckily, there's a range of ways you can filter the library content to suit your needs, from casual browsing to researching a particular topic. [5] American Marines and sailors were sent to occupy the country's ports to establish The new rulers of Nicaragua evoked different responses from the U.S. government. The FSLN won the majority of the votes. Back to article image view << Previous issue < Previous article. The Vidette, Volume 93, Number 25, 18 September 1980 — Somoza gunned down in exile [ARTICLE] Contents of this issue. [17] Ortega was overwhelmingly elected President in 1984, but the long years of war had decimated Nicaragua's economy and widespread poverty ensued. One of the most respected Central America correspondents, Julia Preston (who was then working for the Boston Globe), reported that "Administration officials said they are content to see the contras debilitate the Sandinistas by forcing them to divert scarce resources toward the war and away from social programs." Because they weren't under our control, Nicaraguans had to suffer and die. The National Guard had always been remarkably brutal and sadistic. Ex-guardsmen of the Nicaraguan National Guard and other right-wing figures who had fought for Nicaragua's ex-dictator Somoza ... At this time, it only outlawed U.S. assistance to the contras for the purpose of overthrowing the Nicaraguan government, while allowing assistance ... By the late 1980s Nicaragua's internal conditions had changed so radically that the US approach to the 1990 elections … As Tony Avirgan wrote in the Costa Rican journal Mesoamerica, "the Sandinistas fell for a scam perpetrated by Costa Rican president Oscar Arias and the other Central American Presidents, which cost them the February [1990] elections.". Anastasio "Tachito" Somoza Debayle (Spanish: [anasˈtasjo soˈmosa ðeˈβajle]; 5 December 1925 – 17 September 1980) was a Nicaraguan dictator and officially the President of Nicaragua from 1 May 1967 to 1 May 1972 and from 1 December 1974 to 17 July 1979. Journalist Carlos Fernando Chamorro, critic of the government of President Daniel Ortega speaks during an interview with Reuters in Managua, Nicaragua… The war left approximately 50,000 dead and 150,000 Nicaraguans in exile. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo launched another attack on Nicaragua’s Sandinista government last month, accusing President Daniel Ortega of being a “dictator” who is “doubling down on repression and refusing to honor the democratic aspirations of the Nicaraguan people.” [1] The State Department openly supports what it calls “a return to democracy in Nicaragua”, … The Sandinistas were victorious in the national election of November 4, 1984, gathering 67% of the vote. Penetrating … ▶ Use the site private messaging system [10] 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 long war against the Contras severely weakened Nicaraguan economy, weakening the position of the Sandinistas. 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[12] The primary opposition candidate was the U.S.-backed Arturo Cruz, who succumbed to pressure from the United States government[13] not to take part in the 1984 elections; later US officials were quoted as saying, "the (Reagan) Administration never contemplated letting Cruz stay in the race, because then the Sandinistas could justifiably claim that the elections were legitimate...Other Administration officials vehemently denied this contention. Under the new "Law for the Maintenance of Order and Public Security" the "Tribunales Populares Anti-Somozistas" allowed for the indefinite holding of suspected counter-revolutionaries without trial. In 1982, legislation was enacted in the U.S. to prohibit further direct aid to the Contras. In 1979, the Sandinista National Liberation Front overthrew Anastasio Somoza Debayle, ending the Somoza dynasty, and established a revolutionary government in Nicaragua. ... After the assassination of left-wing leader Sandino in 1934 by the US military and dictator Somoza, the Sandinista National Liberation Front emerged with all the leftist leaders who wanted to … Next article > Next issue >> Somoza gunned down in exile. ▶ Bookmark articles to your own reading list [4] Those who did oppose the Sandinistas won approximately a third of the seats. US terror ensured that Nicaragua couldn't demobilise its army and divert its pitifully poor and limited resources to reconstructing the ruins that were left by the US-backed dictators and Reaganite crimes. Nicaragua opens the door to a new president for life. Click here to register now. The FSLN took over a nation plagued by malnutrition, disease, and pesticide contaminations. With the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980, relations between the United States and the Sandinista regime became an active front in the Cold War. Chamorro promised to end the unpopular military draft, bring about democratic reconciliation, and promote economic growth. On June 4, a general strike was called by the FSLN to last until Somoza fell and an uprising was launched in Managua. Defend the Occupation Carlos Marighella Against the Genocide Racist State of Brazil, Davoud Rafiei a Workers Rights Activist has been punished with 74 lashes in Iran. Official rationales and aims. We wanted Nicaraguans to starve so we could accuse the Sandinistas of economic mismanagement. killing and exiled opposition. In the early 1980s, the World Bank called its projects "extraordinarily successful in Nicaragua in some sectors, better than anywhere else in the world." It wasn't just the events in El Salvador that were ignored by the mainstream US media during the 1970s. Shepard Sherbell / Getty Images. Named for [8] Due to the rules governing the Council of State, in 1980 both non-FSLN junta members resigned. The contras' vicious terrorist attacks against "soft targets" under US orders did help, along with the boycott, to end any hope of economic development and social reform. Come one, come all! [14] Other opposition parties such as the Conservative Democratic Party and the Independent Liberal party, were both free to denounce the Sandinista government and participate in the elections.[15]. ▶ Get 'recent posts' refreshed more regularly A leader in the Sandinista National Liberation Front (Spanish: Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional; FSLN), he implemented policies to achieve leftist reforms across Nicaragua. They argued that this was a response to attacks by counter-revolutionary forces. In March 1982 the Sandinistas declared an official State of Emergency. [22], Council of National Reconstruction (1979–1980), The Cuban revolution and its extension: Resolution of the Socialist Workers Party. Cambridge historian Christopher Andrews claimed that it was later discovered that the FSLN had, in fact, been actively suppressing right-wing opposition parties while leaving moderate parties alone, with Ortega claiming that the moderates "presented no danger and served as a convenient facade to the outside world". If you don't have permissions to post content yet, just request it here. The dictator, Daniel Ortega, has executed a terrifying crackdown on the country. Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega was reelected as president in 2006, 2011, and 2016. Back in 1981, a State Department insider boasted that we would "turn Nicaragua into the Albania of Central America" - that is, poor, isolated and politically radical - so that the Sandinista dream of creating a new, more exemplary political model for Latin America would be in ruins. Anastasio Somoza Debayle, son of former president Anastasio Somoza Garcia, served as president from 1967-1972 and 1974-1979, until he was ousted during the Sandinista revolution. Reasons for U.S. involvement in Nicaragua during the 1980s 3.1. The elections of 1990, which had been mandated by the constitution passed in 1987, saw the Bush administration funnel $49.75 million of ‘non-lethal’ aid to the Contras, as well as $9m to the opposition UNO—equivalent to $2 billion worth of intervention by a foreign power in a US election at the time, and proportionately five times the amount George Bush had spent on his own election campaign. ASUNCION, Paraguay (UPI) — Former Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza was assassinated Wednesday by six men attacked his … José Daniel Ortega Saavedra is a Nicaraguan politician serving as President of Nicaragua since 2007; previously he was leader of Nicaragua from 1979 to 1990, first as Coordinator of the Junta of National Reconstruction (1979–1985) and then as President (1985–1990). … The members of the new junta were Daniel Ortega (FSLN), Moisés Hassan (FPN), Sergio Ramírez (the "Twelve"), Alfonso Robelo (MDN) and Violeta Barrios de Chamorro, the widow of La Prensa's director Pedro Joaquín Chamorro. Samuel K. Doe: ... Nicaragua: 1856–1857 : An American … Nicaragua was of no concern at all, as long as Somoza's tyrannical rule wasn't challenged. On July 9, the provisional government in exile released a government program, in which it pledged to organize an effective democratic regime, promote political pluralism and universal suffrage, and ban ideological discrimination, except for those promoting the "return of Somoza's rule". The proportionately equivalent figures for the US would have been 5 million casualties and $25 trillion lost. Just about all US policymakers shared it, and it reached virtual frenzy. It takes me back to 2017 when Estuary Press published the Program of Economic Reactivation for the Benefit of the People, 1980 / Plan de reactivación económica en beneficio del Pueblo, 1980.Program of Economic Reactivation for the Benefit of the People, 1980 / … US achievements in Central America in the past fifteen years are a major tragedy, not just because of the appalling human cost, but because a decade ago there were prospects for real progress towards meaningful democracy and meeting human needs, with early successes in El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua. The FSLN lost elections in 1990 to Violeta Barrios de Chamorro, after revising the constitution in 1987 and after years of resisting the United States-supported Contras, but retained a minority of seats in the legislature. Despite the clear electoral victory for the Sandinistas, the Contras continued their violent attacks on both state and civilian targets, until 1989. However, the Council of State only gave political parties twelve of forty-seven seats, the rest of the seats were given to Sandinista mass-organizations. At the other end of the political spectrum, leading Senate liberal Alan Cranston said that if it turned out not to be possible to destroy the Sandinistas, then we'd just have to let them "fester in [their] own juices.". This devastating hurricane, with its welcome prospects of mass starvation and long-term ecological damage, reinforced our efforts. The new government had big plans, including a massive literacy … ... During the 1980s, characterized by scarcity and rationing, the COSEP presidents who … And yet, despite astronomical levels of military support, the United States failed to create a viable military force in Nicaragua. The Contras were soon under the control of Nicaraguan business elites who opposed Sandinista policies to seize their assets. As head of the National Guard, he was de facto ruler of the country from 1967 to 1979. [7] To begin the task of establishing a new government, they founded a Council (or junta) of National Reconstruction, made up of five appointed members. Years of conflict had left 50,000 casualties and $12b of damages in a society of 3.5m people and an annual GNP of $2b. On July 19, 1979 a new government was proclaimed under a provisional junta headed by 35-year-old Daniel Ortega and including Violeta Chamorro, Pedro's widow. Sandinista, one of a Nicaraguan group that overthrew President Anastasio Somoza Debayle in 1979, ending 46 years of dictatorship by the Somoza family. Why did the US go to such lengths in Nicaragua? MANAGUA (Reuters) - An influential Nicaraguan journalist critical of the country’s government said on Monday that local journalism was living its worst moment under repression by President Daniel Ortega. We didn't send a penny for that, because if we had, it would probably have gotten to the people, not just into the pockets of some rich thug. Other agencies told a similar story. First, we exerted extreme pressure to compel the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank to terminate all projects and assistance. On July 17, Somoza resigned, handed over power to Francisco Urcuyo, and fled to Miami. The Sandinistas overthrew a dictator in the Central American nation in 1979, and then began to impose socialist policies. That's quite remarkable, if you think about it. The strategic goal of the Final Offensive was the division of the enemy's forces. The FSLN overthrew Anastasio Somoza in 1979, ending 42 years of military dictatorship by the Somoza family and ushering in a socialist revolution. The left and rape : why we should all be ashamed of the left’s role in covering up the rape of 2 million women. Second, we launched the contra war along with an illegal economic war to terminate what Oxfam rightly called "the threat of a good example." 91.8% of those who voted for the UNO agreed with this. As Somoza Debayle’s car stopped, an Argentinian commando, … The State of Emergency, however, most notably affected rights and guarantees contained in the "Statute on Rights and Guarantees of Nicaraguans. While initially seeking to remain in power to serve out Somoza's presidential term, Urcuyo seceded his position to the junta and fled to Guatemala two days later. They also used Argentina as a proxy. In the ten years prior to the overthrow of the Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza in 1979, US television - all networks - devoted exactly one hour to Nicaragua, and that was entirely on the Managua earthquake of 1972. [2] The primary commander of the Liberals on this coast was José María Moncada, who fought to make the exiled Dr. Sacasa president. faoumes for the Guinea-Bissau Civil War. The conflict came to an end after a military and diplomatic intervention by the United States resulted in the Peace of Tipitapa. The Carter administration flew Guard commanders out of the country in planes with Red Cross markings (a war crime), and began to reconstitute the Guard on Nicaragua's borders. Soil erosion and dust storms were also a problem in Nicaragua at the time due to deforestation. On July 19, the FSLN army entered Managua, culminating the first goal of the Nicaraguan revolution. Young guerrilla cadres and the National Guardsmen were clashing almost daily in cities throughout the country. In 1979, the Sandinista National Liberation Front overthrew Anastasio Somoza Debayle, a dictator whose family had been in power in Nicaragua since 1936. HAVANA TIMES – The US economic sanctions against the Venezuelan regime and the warnings from US National Security Advisor John Bolton about a potential economic blockade on the Nicaraguan dictatorship have revived the phantoms of scarcity and extreme poverty that ravaged the country during the decade of the 1980s, during the first dictatorship of Daniel Ortega and the Sandinista National … I leave the media reaction to your imagination. Rita Beamish, ‘Bush Will Lift Trade Embargo if Nicaraguan Opposition Candidate Wins’, Last edited on 13 December 2020, at 14:58, Learn how and when to remove these template messages, Learn how and when to remove this template message, Nicaraguan Institute of Natural Resources and the Environment, "HowStuffWorks "Nicaragua - The Sandinista Regime and After, "The Sandista Record on Human Rights in Nicaragua (1979-1990)", "Country Studies: Nicaragua: The Sandinista Years", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=History_of_Nicaragua_(1979–1990)&oldid=993979786, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 13 December 2020, at 14:58. Logged in users: ▶ Can comment on articles and discussions Fidel Castro, the leftist dictator of Cuba, had been a mentor to the mostly youthful FSLN leaders during the revolution, encouraging them to unite their three factions, yet he fully supported the independent direction of the Sandinista government. The international development organisation Oxfam explained the real reasons, stating that, from its experience of working in 76 developing countries, "Nicaragua was...exceptional in the strength of that government's commitment...to improving the condition of the people and encouraging their active participation in the development process.". We also intimidated other countries so they wouldn't send aid either. Nicaraguan president Anastasio Somoza Debayle sits in front of a row of weapons. [8] Of the twelve seats reserved for political parties, only three were not allied to the FSLN. He was the last member of the Somoza family to be President, … The hatred that was elicited by the Sandinistas for trying to direct resources to the poor (and even succeeding at it) was truly wondrous to behold. The election was certified as "free and fair" by the majority of international observers. States, Ideologies, and Social Revolutions: A Comparative Analysis of Iran, Nicaragua, and the Philippines by Misargh Parsa for Cambridge University Press. He continued financial support to the new government indeed in terms of a guarantee of not using the money for an export of the revolutionary thoughts into other Central … The first challenge to the powerful new army came from the Contras, groups of Somoza's National Guard who had fled to Honduras. President Reagan called the Contras "the moral equivalent of our founding fathers.". The 1984 elections, described by international observers as fair and free,[3] were boycotted by the main opposition party. Ronald Reagan used them to launch a large-scale terrorist war against Nicaragua, combined with economic warfare that was even more lethal. Page 74. Of the four Central American countries where Oxfam had a significant presence (El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua), only in Nicaragua was there a substantial effort to address inequities in land ownership and to extend health, educational and agricultural services to poor peasant families. Nevertheless, as of the 1982 State of Emergency, opposition parties were no longer given representation in the council. ", The success of the Sandinista reforms terrified US planners. The article has been edited slightly by libcom – US to UK spellings and a few small details have been added for the reader new to the topic. [citation needed] Other observers, the Nicaraguan political opposition and the Reagan administration claimed political restrictions were placed on the opposition by the government, and that a relatively short period of greater openness was not sufficient for a free election. John Perry From Masaya. [18][19] When Violetta Chamorro visited the White House in November 1989, the US pledged to maintain the embargo against Nicaragua unless Violeta Chamorro won. I myself travelled at the age of 19 to Nicaragua in 1987 to do reforestation work for a month in Ocotal, Nicaragua with the Nicaragua Network. If you're not sure if something is appropriate for the library, please ask in the feedback and content forum. That didn't work, so President Carter tried to maintain Somoza's National Guard as a base for US power. In 1983, The Inter-American Development Bank concluded that "Nicaragua has made noteworthy progress in the social sector, which is laying the basis for long-term socio-economic development. (Although Figueres was the leading democratic figure in Central America for forty years, his unacceptable insights into the real world were completely censored from the US media.). So the US launched a three-fold attack against Nicaragua. [10], All independent news program broadcasts were suspended. From 1960 through 1978, the New York Times had three editorials on Nicaragua. We even refused to send disaster relief. They were aware that - as José Figueres, the father of Costa Rican democracy, put it - "for the first time, Nicaragua has a government that cares for its people." Many Nicaraguans expected the country's economic crisis to deepen and the Contra conflict to continue if the Sandinistas remained in power. Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega was reelected as president in 2006, 2011, and 2016. At that point, the US ambassador sent a cable to the White House saying it would be "ill-advised" to tell the Guard to call off the bombing, because that might interfere with the policy of keeping them in power and the Sandinistas out. The threat has been successfully aborted, perhaps forever. The dictatorship, security forces —Army and Police—, and the oligarchy. History of Nicaragua; Spanish conquest (1519–1533) Piracy on Lake Nicaragua (1665–1857) US occupation (1912–1933) Nicaraguan civil war (1926–27) Sandinista insurrection (1961–1979) Sandinista period (1979–1990) Post-Sandinista period (1990–2007) Ortega return (2006–2020) ... Due to the rules governing the Council of State, in 1980 both non-FSLN junta members resigned. The FSLN focused on guerrilla tactics almost immediately, inspired by the campaigns of Fidel Castro and Ché Guevara. Luckily, there's a range of ways you can filter the library content to suit your needs, from casual browsing to researching a particular topic. [5] American Marines and sailors were sent to occupy the country's ports to establish The new rulers of Nicaragua evoked different responses from the U.S. government. The FSLN won the majority of the votes. Back to article image view << Previous issue < Previous article. The Vidette, Volume 93, Number 25, 18 September 1980 — Somoza gunned down in exile [ARTICLE] Contents of this issue. [17] Ortega was overwhelmingly elected President in 1984, but the long years of war had decimated Nicaragua's economy and widespread poverty ensued. One of the most respected Central America correspondents, Julia Preston (who was then working for the Boston Globe), reported that "Administration officials said they are content to see the contras debilitate the Sandinistas by forcing them to divert scarce resources toward the war and away from social programs." Because they weren't under our control, Nicaraguans had to suffer and die. The National Guard had always been remarkably brutal and sadistic. Ex-guardsmen of the Nicaraguan National Guard and other right-wing figures who had fought for Nicaragua's ex-dictator Somoza ... At this time, it only outlawed U.S. assistance to the contras for the purpose of overthrowing the Nicaraguan government, while allowing assistance ... By the late 1980s Nicaragua's internal conditions had changed so radically that the US approach to the 1990 elections … As Tony Avirgan wrote in the Costa Rican journal Mesoamerica, "the Sandinistas fell for a scam perpetrated by Costa Rican president Oscar Arias and the other Central American Presidents, which cost them the February [1990] elections.". Anastasio "Tachito" Somoza Debayle (Spanish: [anasˈtasjo soˈmosa ðeˈβajle]; 5 December 1925 – 17 September 1980) was a Nicaraguan dictator and officially the President of Nicaragua from 1 May 1967 to 1 May 1972 and from 1 December 1974 to 17 July 1979. Journalist Carlos Fernando Chamorro, critic of the government of President Daniel Ortega speaks during an interview with Reuters in Managua, Nicaragua… The war left approximately 50,000 dead and 150,000 Nicaraguans in exile. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo launched another attack on Nicaragua’s Sandinista government last month, accusing President Daniel Ortega of being a “dictator” who is “doubling down on repression and refusing to honor the democratic aspirations of the Nicaraguan people.” [1] The State Department openly supports what it calls “a return to democracy in Nicaragua”, … The Sandinistas were victorious in the national election of November 4, 1984, gathering 67% of the vote. Penetrating … ▶ Use the site private messaging system [10] 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 long war against the Contras severely weakened Nicaraguan economy, weakening the position of the Sandinistas. 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