In Nicaragua, government forces were reported on Friday (15 September) to be intensifying their drive against rebels in control of three cities.
In Nicaragua, government forces were reported on Friday (15 September) to be intensifying their drive against rebels in control of three cities. Across the Atlantic in Spain, a rally was held at Madrid University on Thursday (14 September) supporting the Sandanista rebels, who are fighting against the Nicaraguan government of President Anastasio Somoza.
SYNOPSIS: It was estimated that at least two thousand people attended the open air rally at the University of Madrid.
Among the placards and banners were some describing President Somoza as an assassin. Those at the rally were urged to unite with others in Europe to form a solid block of opposition against President Somoza, who together with his family, has ruled Nicaragua during the past forty-four years. The Sandanist National Liberation Front opposing President Somoza says at least five hundred combatant have been killed in fighting between guerrillas and government forces.
According to the Front, forty-four of its members had been killed while government forces had lost four hundred and forty-four dead. More than eight hundred on both sides were said to have been wounded. The crowd at Madrid University chanted that the Nicaraguan people would win. Opposition to President Somoza intensified in January this year following the shooting of newspaper editor, Pedro Joaquin Chamorro. The killing was condemned by President Somoza, but Chamorro had been an outspoken critic of his regime. Since then, demonstrations were followed by strikes, and now, guerrilla fighting.