Fighting has broken out in the Nicaraguan capital of Managua as the Sandinista guerrillas step up their latest offensive.
Fighting has broken out in the Nicaraguan capital of Managua as the Sandinista guerrillas step up their latest offensive. The leftist guerrillas aim to overthrow the right wing government of President Anastasio Somoza. The guerrilla war threatens to spill over to other central American states following President Somoza's claim that the neighbouring state of Costa Rica has been arming the Sandinista. He says Panama and Venezuela also want to see his government overthrown.
SYNOPSIS: The deserted streets of the major town of Leon, about fifty-five miles (ninety kilo metres) north-east of the capital Managua.
Sandinista guerrillas began infiltrating the city last Saturday (26 May). Evidence of the clashes that followed between the guerrillas and government troops still litter the streets. Leon saw heavy fighting only a month ago when the Sandinista tried to take over the town. And last September a three day battle raged here between President Somoza's national guardsmen the leftists.
The writing on this pedestal reads - 'Death to the Sandinista'. It was written in blood by a wounded guard.
In this coffin the body of a guerrilla killed in recent fighting.
No-one really knows how many have been killed in this bloody guerrilla war. The Sandinista say this is the final offensive and predict a popular uprising. The fighting of the past four days has been contained in the north and south, but today spread to the capital, Managua.