It should be clear to Daniel Ortega that change is urgently needed now his people have turned against him

There was a time, in the 1980s, when Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega, leader of the Sandinista National Liberation Front, was hailed as a hero in the insurrectionary tradition of Che Guevara and Fidel Castro. The Reagan administration’s covert (and illegal) efforts to vanquish Ortega by force, after the Sandinistas helped topple the Somoza dictatorship in 1979, provoked an international campaign in support of the revolution. The fight against the US-backed Contra rebels was part of a wider, cold war struggle to defeat US hegemony in Central America. Many on the British left campaigned passionately on the subject.

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