Nicaragua: Sending Guns and Sermons

Nicaragua: Sending Guns and Sermons

It was all to be expected: a few days after 221 members of the House of Representatives voted to provide the Nicaraguan “freedom fighters” with
$100 million in new aid (plus another $400 million from the CIA’s “contingency” coffers), the Sandinistas struck back. The emergency regulations promulgated in October 1985, said President Daniel Ortega, heretofore applied only “sporadically,” would now be enforced with “full vigor.” La Prensa was closed down “indefinitely”; Bishop Antonio Vega, vice-president of the Nicaraguan Bishops’ Conference, was escorted unceremoniously across the Honduran border; and Msgr. Bismark Carballo, press spokesman for Cardinal Obando y Bravo, was grounded in Miami, his reentry visa to Nicaragua canceled.

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