NICARAGUA: The Battle of Managua

Seven Nicaraguans in various stages of disarray (one wore a pajama coat) arrived last week in Panama, fugitives from the wrath of Nicaragua's Dictator-President Anastasio ("Tacho") Somoza.

From the seven—a former supreme court justice, two newspapermen, two former university professors and two student leaders—came a story of trouble in Tacho's domain. It had all started when Somoza's National Guardsmen charged and clubbed thousands of Nicaraguans who had turned out to welcome Chile's visiting libertarian President Juan Antonio Rios.

At a dinner in the Gran Hotel, Rios heard speakers damn the Somoza regime. Since the Chilean embassy is located in the hotel,...

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