Nicaraguan Revolution opened way for women’s emancipation

Vol. 83/No. 39 - October 28, 2019
Women in militia in Bluefields, Nicaragua, 1983. After revolutionary course was abandoned by Sandinista leaders in late 1980s, women lost many gains. Abortion was totally banned in 2006.

Nicaragua: The Sandinista People’s Revolution, with speeches and interviews by leaders of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for October. The excerpt is from a 1982 speech, “Women and the Nicaraguan Revolution,”…


NY forum takes up crisis facing workers, farmers in Nicaragua

FSLN government has no continuity with 1979 revolution
Vol. 82/No. 31 - August 20, 2018
Peasants celebrate land reform, Santo Tomás, Nicaragua, Dec. 11, 1983. In early years of revolution FSLN responded to peasants fight for land. But over next few years reversed themselves, promising “patriotic” landlords their property would be protected and land reform was dead.

NEW YORK — Although Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega still drapes himself in the symbols of the 1979 Sandinista Revolution, the government he heads is a capitalist government, Socialist Workers Party leader Róger Calero told participants at the Militant Labor Forum…


1979 Nicaraguan Revolution posed road for workers power

Vol. 82/No. 29 - August 6, 2018
Establishment of workers and farmers government in 1979 gave impulse to struggles by the toilers. Above, 30,000 peasants and agricultural workers led by Association of Rural Workers rallied in Managua in February 1980, for radical land reform and improved conditions.

Below is an excerpt from a speech by Tomás Borge, one of the leaders of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), before a crowd of half a million people in Managua July 19, 1981, celebrating the second anniversary of the…


Protests across Nicaragua in making for over a decade

Vol. 82/No. 29 - August 6, 2018
Pro-Ortega gang with mortars and other weapons prepares to attack anti-government protest in Managua April 21. Repression has deepened working-class opposition to the government.

Conditions leading to widespread protests against the government of President Daniel Ortega this year have been in the making for more than a decade. It was an explosion of pent-up grievances against what many working people and middle-class layers in…


Death toll rises as Nicaraguan gov’t continues attacks on protesters

Vol. 82/No. 28 - July 30, 2018
Movement of Mothers of April lead march on Mother’s Day, May 30, in Managua, Nicaragua, honoring those killed and wounded by government thugs during April demonstration. Banner reads “No more assassinations! No more massacres!” Nearly 300 people have been killed.

The largely working-class and student protests that exploded against the government of President Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua in April continue nearly three months later with no sign of abating. Ortega has escalated deadly raids targeting opposition strongholds. Demonstrations against Ortega…


Protests against government attacks spread in Nicaragua

Vol. 82/No. 22 - June 4, 2018
Rally at Rotonda Metrocenter in Managua, Nicaragua, May 20, against attacks on pensioners, students and others by government of President Daniel Ortega that have left dozens dead.

MASAYA, Nicaragua — Thousands rallied here and in cities across the country May 19 to demand the resignation of President Daniel Ortega and Vice President Rosario Murillo. In Managua, workers and middle-class layers gathered in peaceful protests on street corners…


Nicaraguan workers protest social security cuts, censorship

Vol. 82/No. 19 - May 14, 2018

After five days of protests by tens of thousands of students, workers and others across the country, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega revoked his April 16 directive to raise social security payroll taxes and cut benefits. But even after the reversal…