Nicaragua: Crackdown

Sandinistas jail businessmen

After the Sandinista regime took power in Nicaragua 27 months ago, two symbols showed that pluralism and democracy could somehow coexist with a leftist revolution. One was the fiercely independent newspaper La Prensa, which has become an increasingly vocal critic of the nine-man Sandinista directorate. The other was the Superior Council of Private Enterprise, known by its Spanish acronym COSEP, a politically powerful association representing the country's embattled private business sector. Earlier this month the Sandinista government threatened to close down La Prensa. Last week the Sandinistas moved against...

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