NICARAGUA: Revolution of the Scarves

Opposition to Tacho Somoza finally erupts into all-outfighting

I't's civil war. Somoza has to go." The teen-age girl shouting anti-government slogans in the battered town of Masaya last week hardly looked like a revolutionary. But, as upon countless others, revolution had been thrust upon her. An overwhelming number of Nicaragua's 2.6 million people had come face to face with something most of them had long anticipated and feared—civil war.

Leading the fighting was the small but deadly Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), which has been waging a battle against the entrenched regime of...

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