In July 1979, after two years of intense fight, the dictator Anastacio Somoza fell and the Nicaraguan revolution triumphed. After over 40 years of Somoza’s dictatorship, the people could celebrate in the streets the freedom conquered by the popular insurrection led by the Sandinista Front of National Liberation (FSLN).

By Bernardo Cerdeira.


The Sandinista leaders were considered an example of revolutionaries by the left worldwide. However, after another 40 years, the new generations are in the streets once again. This time, to fight against the FSLN and Daniel Ortega, who always led the FSLN governments.

The so-called “Bolivarian left” tries to defend Ortega’s government saying that the demonstrations are encouraged by imperialism and the right wing to defeat an alleged “progressive” government. However, the students and people in the streets are not organized in, nor defend right-wing parties. They slogans are against the FSLN dictatorship and for “Out with Ortega”.

The 76 dead [at the date, over 170] in hands of the police and paramilitary Sandinista groups are a huge bloody stain of this government. Together with the brutal repression and hundreds of injured and imprisoned, they are a living proof of the dictatorship that the “left” denies.

How did such transformation take place? How did the FSLN, a left-wing guerrilla that fought against a dictatorship, became the new capitalist dictatorial government?


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