Demonstrations have been held in Costa Rica to express support for the Sandinista guerrillas fighting the regime in neighbouring Nicaragua.
Demonstrations have been held in Costa Rica to express support for the Sandinista guerrillas fighting the regime in neighbouring Nicaragua. Several thousand Sandinista supporters marched through the capital of San Jose on Sunday ( 8 July)
SYNOPSIS: The demonstration came shortly before a United States Air Force hercules transport plane and two helicopters landed in Costa Rica near the border with Nicaragua.
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Costa Rica officials said the American aircraft was equipped with highly sophisticate radar equipment.
But the U.S. State Department said the aircraft had landed at the airport fifty kilometres from the Nicaraguan border, in case they were needed to evacuate Americans from the country.
The State Department said two other helicopters were being held in reserve in the Panama Canal zone in case they were need for an evacuation. Many Americans were flown out of the capital of Managua earlier after a television reporter was killed by the national Guard. Bill Steward was shot at a road block by a national Guard corporal who was later reported to have been in action.
There's been widespread backing in Costa Rica for the guerillas fighting to overthrow Nicaragua's President, Anastasio Somoza. In June, fifty-nine Nicaraguan sailors who took over their ship were given political asylum in costa Rica. And at almost the same time, the crew of a Nicaraguan airliner flew it to San Jose Airport, saying they did not want to return to the fighting in their won country. Aside from pro-Sandinista demonstrations, there have been frequent collections in costa Rica for Red Cross assistance to the victims of the civil war.
Other Latin American countries including Colombia and Argentina--have said they would recognise a provisional government in Nicaragua to replace the regime of President Somoza--on certain conditions. The've said they would accept a government which included two moderate members, as proposed by the United States. But the proposal has been rejected by the Sandinistas.