Five South American countries have formally recognised Nicaragua's Sandinista guerrillas as a legitimate force. The?
GV Demonstrators parading through streets in Caracas
GV Demonstrators carrying placards
MV Demonstrators with placards of Che Guevara
CU Placard PULL BACK TO TV demonstration
CU Section of crowd marching with banners
CU Girl chanting
SV Leftist leader introducing Reinaldo Cervini, Vice President of Committee of Solidarity with the People of Nicaragua
SV Section of crowd with "Che" banner
CU Reinaldo Cervini addressing crowd and crowd listening (2 shots)
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Background: Five South American countries have formally recognised Nicaragua's Sandinista guerrillas as a legitimate force. The Andean Pact Group, made up of Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia, made the announcement on Saturday (16 June), causing speculation that they might aid the Nicaraguan guerrillas in some way. The five pact countries sent the Foreign Ministers of Venezuela and Ecuador to Nicaragua earlier last week to seek a solution to the conflict -- but without success. Last Thursday (14 June), the principal leftist parties in Venezuela organised a large parade in Caracas in support of the Sandinistas and their supporters.
SYNOPSIS: An estimated fifteen thousand marchers turned out for the demonstration. Among the placards were portraits of Che Guevara, the famous late Cuban revolutionary. Guevara remains a symbol of resistance to alleged dictatorship.
Nicaraguan President Anastasio Somoza has criticised Venezuela and other South American countries for allegedly aiding the enemy. Last year Venezuela sent Canberra bombers to Costa Rica, when a Nicaraguan invasion appeared imminent. Venezuela recently warned the Somoza government against carrying out threats to invade its neighbour for providing refuge for guerrillas.
Despite stronger calls for President Somoza's resignation both in and out of Nicaragua, he is holding on. Nicaraguans are fleeing the cities or fighting alongside the Sandinistas, while suffering severe food shortages and serious casualties.
And outlining the sufferings to the protestors in Caracas was Reinaldo Cervini, vice-president of the Solidarity Committee with the People of Nicaragua.