The Nicaraguan Government claims to have crushed the Sandinista guerrilla offensive designed to overthrow the government of General Anastasia Somoza.
GV Truck barricading main street of Masaya with Cathedral in background
GV Barricades across streets 92 shots
LV PAN People calling and chanting from one side of street to the other (2 shots)
LV Civilians in streets running for cover as shooting occurs
LV & SV Armed Sandinista running (3 shots)
SV Young Sandinista, some with faces covered, and women and man with rifle walking along road (2 shots)
LV EXTERIOR & SV INTERIOR Convent sheltering refugee children (2 shots)
SV Refugees, including lady carrying white flag walking down city streets with belongings
LV Smoke pall over distant city
LV Refugees walking along roadside outside city
GROUND TO AIR VIEW Government jet fighter overhead
LV & CU Mainly children at granary with Somoza sign on it taking grain (5 shots)
GV PEOPLE CARRYING looted grain down road
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Background: The Nicaraguan Government claims to have crushed the Sandinista guerrilla offensive designed to overthrow the government of General Anastasia Somoza. A National Guard communique issued on Saturday night (9 June) said that government troops had routed Sandinistas in the southern border area near Costa Rice, killing three hundred. The government also claimed to control the city of Masaya, fourteen miles (twenty-six kilometres) from the capital, Managua, after a four-day battle with Sandinista there.
SYNOPSIS: On Friday however the barricades in the main streets of Masaya belonged to the Sandinista. Four days of heavy fighting between National Guardsmen and the guerrillas had caused heavy casualties. Refugees fleeing the city spoke of hundred dead. The Sandinista controlled the streets and the government soldiers were trapped in a compound.
Short bursts of gunfire from the National Guard barracks were answered by guerrilla sniper fire. The Sandinista through are not well armed. Further south along the Costa Rica border they do have automatic weapons and artillery but in Masaya many of the young Sandinista or 'Los Muchachos' (The Boys) have only old pistols and hunting rifles.
In this convent, two hundred nuns, women and children were sheltered from the street battles.
Refugees some holding white flags fled the city shortly before the National Guard launched a major counter offensive against the Sandinista.
Government aircraft bombed the town causing fires...The Sunday Observer newspaper correspondent reported that the aircraft caused panic among the twenty thousand population of Masaya.
Outside Masaya, before government troops arrived, local people looted a granary marked with a Somoza sign. The general strike called by the Sandinista and a lack of normal transportation caused by the civil war has caused food shortages. they carried off wheat, beans and rice.
According to the National Guard communique issued on Saturday night (9 June), government troops again control Masaya and are persecuting what it called communist delinquents who are fleeing the city.