Nicaragua: Thunder on The Right

Thunder on The Right

The decade-long civil war between the U.S.-backed contra rebels and the Sandinistas is supposed to be over. It has been 18 months since a coalition led by President Violeta Barrios de Chamorro ousted the Sandinista National Liberation Front in free elections, and 14 months since about 27,500 contras voluntarily surrendered their weapons. But harassment by the army and police, which remain under Sandinista control, has driven about 1,000 so-called recontras to rearm, threatening a recrudescence of the war.

There have been 52 killings of demobilized rebels since July 1990. In retaliation, the recontras have attacked cooperative farms established by the Sandinistas....

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