The Sandinista Revolution started as an extraordinary experience of social liberation and renewal of national dignity in a dependent country whose status as a backyard for U.S. imperialism had been accepted by its authoritarian, dynastic rulers for decades. This remained true despite his use of extremely brutal methods of repression. “The FSLN stopped opposing the neoliberal policies. At that point an important rupture occurred. Search for more papers by this author. The Sandinistas and Nicaragua since 1979, ed. By Salvador Martí. The Sandinistas assumed power two days later. The most unpopular measures were a five percent decrease of the pensions meant to finance medical expenses and a limitation of the annual indexation of these pensions over the inflation rate. After Somoza failed to comply with commission recommendations, in 1979 the OAS called for his immediate replacement. Corrections? This would then result in a fair distribution of land and agrarian reform. The Sandinistas and Nicaragua Since 1979. And over the years they have been among the most active in opposition to the Ortega government. While the “proletarian tendency” stressed the need for a mass uprising and self-organization, the “Terceristas” displayed substitutionist tendencies that implied an armed insurrection led by organized guerrillas, but without a simultaneous mass uprising, would be sufficient to overthrow the regime and take power. This article was most recently revised and updated by, https://www.britannica.com/topic/Sandinista, Academia - The Sandinistas and Nicaragua since 1979. The Left has many more reasons to denounce the policies of the regime. In exile since 1979. Notes 240 Bibliography 295 Index 311. By early 1985, they had amassed an active duty force of more than 62,000. A general strike supported by the liberal bourgeoisie was launched while FSLN groups staged armed actions against Somoza’s National Guard. Further, on his order four Sandinista officers were imprisoned under the pretext that they supplied missiles to the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN), which was attempting an uprising in El Salvador. A grouping of Sandinista militants from the revolutionary period came to reject the leadership’s orientation in the years that followed. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. Under Chamorro, Nicaragua was to fully embrace the neoliberal austerity promoted by the “Washington consensus.” By the end of the decade Nicaragua became the second poorest country in the Americas, after Haiti. To understand this, we must go back to 1979. After the stunning electoral defeat, Daniel Ortega adopted an attitude that swung back and forth between compromise with the government and confrontation. Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. Robert J. Sierakowski's Sandinistas: A Moral History offers a bold new perspective on the liberation movement that brought the Sandinista National Liberation Front to power in Nicaragua in 1979, overthrowing the longest-running dictatorship in Latin America. E p i l o g u e Whither the Revolution? National University of Ireland, Maynooth. But FSLN factions were prompt to resume their armed actions in urban areas. That became more concretized precisely in the FSLN’s 1998 Congress, in which what remained of the National Directorate, i.e. He was re-elected in November 2011 and again in November 2016. Dodson, Michael, and Laura Nuzzi O'Shaughnessy (1990). Abstract. Navigate parenthood with the help of the Raising Curious Learners podcast. The next time the OAS intervened, it was with the UN and the Carter Center in 1990, resulting in the Protocolo de Transicion that brought an end to the FSLN government and a peaceful handover … Since the mid-1970′s, the U.S. government has funded … This website uses cookies in order to improve your browsing experience. The main purpose of that linkage was control of the electoral branch of government through Obando’s personal, intimate relation with Roberto Rivas, who had been heading the electoral branch since 2000. Somoza’s debt would soon impede the implementation of such policies. While the first Sandinista regime was defeated in a national election in 1990, Sandinista Daniel Ortega took power again in 2007, and has since "dismantled all … The Sandinistas overthrew the Somoza regime in 1979, and formed a government led by Daniel Ortega . This post is a part of our “Latin America’s Ongoing Revolutions” series, which explores the colonial and post-colonial angles of Latin America’s revolutionary history. $45.00 (paper, $24.95). His emphasis was power for power’s sake.”. The plan, introduced in 1988, resembled the usual conditions imposed by the IMF and World Bank — even while these institutions had still not resumed financial relations. Having obtained a “supermajority” in the National Assembly, the FSLN then pushed through changes to the constitution that removed presidential term limits, setting the stage for Ortega’s reelection in 2016. political and military organization, Nicaragua. But this was not doomed to happen — the government should have paid more attention to the needs and aspirations of the people, in rural as well as urban areas. These represented undeniable progress. The Sandinistas and Nicaragua since 1979 Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2011 This book seems to be slightly useful, as it relates, at points, the connection between the people of Nicaragua and the leading political party, the FSLN. This resulted in the liberation of several political prisoners from Somoza’s jails. The first elections under the new constitution were held in 1984, and Daniel Ortega of the FSLN was elected president, receiving 63% of the vote. David Close is professor of political science at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) _ Following is a chronology of events in Nicaragua since the left-wing Sandinistas came to power in 1979 after leading the civil war that ousted President Anastasio Somoza: July 17, 1979 - Somoza, whose family had ruled Nicaragua with U.S. support since the 1930s, flees to Miami. Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Studies. That took time, and Daniel Ortega took advantage of the slow dawning of awareness to consolidate his influence within the FSLN, marginalizing or excluding those who defended a different orientation. By continuing to use this site you agree to the use of cookies. By Barry Cannon Finally, the international Left needs to have a materialist analysis of social and political processes. It placed limits that were highly detrimental to the revolutionary process. THE SANDINISTA YEARS, 1979-90 Nicaragua Table of Contents Consolidation of the Revolution, 1979-80 The new government inherited a country in ruins, with a … It was not until some of its guerrillas took high-ranking members of the Nicaraguan ruling classes as hostages, in December 1974, that it was considered a potentially serious threat to the dictatorship. To fight off the attacks of the counterrevolutionary forces known as the contras, who were based in Honduras and were in part armed and financed by the United States, Humberto Ortega created the 50,000-strong Sandinista Popular Army, and Tomás Borge organized a secret-police force to guard against espionage and dissent. The FSLN was founded in the 1960s as a leftist group opposing the government mainly through guerrilla warfare. Having just negotatied a peace agreement, they expected to reap 70% of the votes in the elections; they were flabbergasted by their loss. While the loans were officially for development, they were used to strengthen the authoritarian regime and increase the wealth of Somoza and his clique. The revolution put an end to the 42-year authoritarian rule of the Somoza dynasty, which had appropriated the state — its armed forces, administration and significant parts of its economic assets — and established a strong alliance with the United States. 1) or by mail at 225 E. 26th St., Ste. By the mid-1970s its attacks on the Nicaraguan National Guard from sanctuaries in Honduras and Costa Rica were serious enough that Somoza unleashed bloody reprisals against the Sandinistas. In July 1979 the Sandinistas appointed a five-member Government Junta of … Nicaragua lay in ruins, yet the war was far from over. Part of that continuing attack was last year’s failed coup attempt in which hundreds of Sandinistas, and non-Sandinistas too, were abused, tortured and murdered with extreme sadism as part of a campaign … The FSLN regained power after its leader, Ortega, was reelected to the presidency in 2006. We are making such material available to our readers under the provisions of "fair use" in an effort to advance a better understanding of political, economic and social issues. Since 1979, over 19 years since the Sandinista Revolution had taken over, until 1998 there were no official military-to-military contacts. On the one hand the leadership of the FSLN made too many concessions to bourgeois forces who were considered allies and, on the other hand, engaged in excessive statism or artificial cooperativism. This article was originally published on CADTM. With Nicaragua in its longest period of social stability since the 1979 Sandinista revolution and with the ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front holding a commanding majority in congress, Nicaragua's divided political opposition will not pose a direct threat to the president. In the 2008 municipal elections there were allegations of fraud against the Sandinistas. On the contrary, this stance should be accompanied by an effort to link with, and reinforce, the critical Sandinistas and other members of the progressive opposition to Ortega and Murillo. Instead of encouraging the masses to follow orders given from the top of the FSLN, self-organization by citizens could have been promoted at all levels; with citizens given control over the public administration as well as over the accounts of private companies. Yet after the external debt reached seven billion dollars, the FSLN government implemented a structural adjustment plan that degraded the conditions of the poor without affecting the rich. Austerity advanced. By early 1985, they had amassed an active duty force of more than 62,000. Multinationals could maintain and increase their plundering of Nicaragua’s national resources in exchange for commissions that added to the increasingly important wealth of the ruling family. In a recent interview, Henry Ruiz, one of the nine members of the national leadership in the 1980s, pointed out: “The campesinos were not favored [in agrarian reform]; on the contrary they were affected by the war. The party is named after Augusto César Sandino, who led the Nicaraguan resistance against the United States occupation of Nicaragua in the 1930s. On Jan. 23, 1981, the Reagan administration suspended U.S. aid, charging that Nicaragua, with the aid of Cuba and the Soviet Union, was supplying arms to rebels in El Salvador. We can also be contacted by phone at 202-540-8336 (ext. Addressing this question, the authors offer a comprehensive assessment, discussing the country's political institutions and public policy, its political culture, and its leadership, as well as the FSLN as a political party. In 1990, however, the Nicaraguan populace, weary of war and economic depression, voted for the 14 parties of the National Opposition Union, which formed a government while the Sandinistas relinquished power. Named for César Augusto Sandino, a hero of Nicaraguan resistance to U.S. military occupation (1927–33), the FSLN was founded in 1962 by Carlos Fonseca Amador, Silvio Mayorga, and Tomás Borge Martínez as a revolutionary group committed to socialism and to the overthrow of the Somoza family. and resulted in the victory of the anti-Sandinista opposition, the electoral process owes its integrity to the Sandinista revolution, which has been committed to the construction of democracy since 1979. They could have done more to gradually implement protectionist policies in favor of the small and medium-sized producers who supplied the domestic market, and limited imports. The group has remained a force in Nicaraguan politics since 1979 and continues to have electoral success. The “Terceristas” denounced this turn of events and withdrew from the Front they had helped to build with the liberal opposition. Become Member of His previous publications include Nicaragua: The Chamorro Years and the coedited The Sandinistas and Nicaragua Since 1979. COSEP: ... Ejercito Popular Sandinista. Nilsson, Manuela . In the following years, the main leaders of the party’s once mass organizations became National Assembly representatives or were brought into the structures of Ortega’s circle of power. Even with the government’s efforts to maintain collaboration, these institutions decided to suspend their financial relations — demonstrating how useless it was to make the concessions. The Sandin-istas and Nicaragua Since 1979. This retrograde legislation was accompanied by serious attacks on organizations defending women’s rights. Our support today, as it has been since 1979, is for the people of Nicaragua as expressed through advances of the Sandinista Revolution. Little by little even that assembly stopped meeting. I wish. What prevented the revolution from advancing was the failure to put people at the core of the transition that followed the overthrow of the Somoza dictatorship, not overly radical policies. The Sandinistas & Nicaragua since 1979 (Ed. Soon, the total of U.S. helicopters deployed to Nicaragua increased from three to five and then ten. As mass urban uprisings occurred, the armed insurrection quickly moved in to liberate areas of the country, one after the other. The Sandinista government confiscated the Somoza family’s vast landholdings and nationalized the country’s major industries, but the central planning typical of Soviet-style socialist economies was never adopted, and small and medium-sized private farms and businesses were tolerated. Once in power in Nicaragua, the FSLN organized itself into local and regional committees and built up support through mass organizations of workers, young people, and other groups. In 2009 the Nicaraguan Supreme Court lifted the constitutional ban that prevented presidents from serving consecutive terms, paving the way for Ortega’s reelection in 2011. But it could have begun questioning the legitimacy of the debts from the very institutions that had financed the dictatorship. A few months into Violeta Chamorro’s term, a movement protesting massive layoffs in the public services gathered steam. Work done by others independent of the government and related to Liberation Theology came to the same conclusions. The Reagan Administration apparently is convinced that the Sandinista regime in Nicaragua has perverted the genuine democratic revolution of 1979 into a Communist dictatorship … They took their name from Augusto César Sandino, who opposed the dominant Somoza family and was killed in 1934. In fact, social revolt was rampant in the region, in particular in El Salvador and Guatemala where revolutionary forces close to the Sandinistas had been active for decades. The result struck the Sandinista leadership with an overwhelming wave of panic. In Nicaragua, it was necessary to overthrow the Somoza dictatorship through the combined action of a popular uprising and the intervention of a political-military organization. To break away from the export-oriented extractivist model that depends on competitiveness on the international market, the Sandinistas could have gone against the interests of the capitalists that still dominated extractivist industry. (She had long been government spokesperson.). The “proletarian tendency” emerged to challenge the prolonged people’s war strategy, considering it inadequate given the absence of a permanent occupying army. Comment on Global Research Articles on our Facebook page, Disclaimer: The contents of this article are of sole responsibility of the author(s). Reading time 18 minutes. Furthermore, Ortega and Murillo strengthened their use of religious fundamentalist references and denounced the protesters as having “Satanic” rituals and practices, as opposed to the rest of the Nicaraguan people, “because the Nicaraguan people are God’s people!”. That explains in part why in 2018 the Ortega regime still retained the support of part of the population. By signing up for this email, you are agreeing to news, offers, and information from Encyclopaedia Britannica. By 1981 its servicing represented 28% of the country’s export revenue. All three supported the “Tercerista” faction (which did not have a full understanding of the necessity of self-organization, and was inclined to alliances with the bourgeoisie). David Close et al (Boulder: Lynn Rienner, 2012), 65-90; and Daniel Chávez, Nicaragua and the Politics of Utopia: Development and Culture in … The fact that the political institutions and internal organization of the FSLN were left undeveloped allowed neoliberalism to regain a foot­hold. This would not have required peasants and small and medium enterprises to sacrifice for the international market. It shows that the 2008 elections were not competitive but characteristic of an electoral authoritarian regime. Putting Nicaragua … In 2006, the Sandinista parliamentary group voted hand in hand with the right-wing MPs in favor of a law totally prohibiting abortion. On 19 July 2018, during the rally on the anniversary of the Sandinista revolution to try and strengthen his legitimacy, Ortega repeated these absurd “Satanic” claims and called on the Catholic bishops to exorcize the protesters and chase out the devil which supposedly had taken possession of them. Instead, the Sandinista leadership nationalized the major Somoza estates, but spared major capitalist groups and powerful families whom certain Sandinista leaders wanted to turn into allies or fellow travelers. They hoped to gather political momentum and force the regime to liberalize. 2013 (English) In: Latin American Politics and Society, ISSN 1531-426X, E-ISSN 1548-2456, Vol. Notes 240 Bibliography 295 Index 311. The FSLN government policies were leading the revolutionary process straight into a wall. To contact the Nicaragua Network by email, write to nicanet@afgj.org. The war waged by the contra and the war waged by us.”. Reckoning with Revolution in Nicaragua. £61.95 hbk. The US has poured millions of dollars into Nicaragua, mostly in the form of supporting opposition groups. Thinking about Regimes. Did the FSLN “go too far” in the changes it made in the society? Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 2011. Humberto was still General in Chief of a starkly reduced army. More importantly, spontaneous uprisings took place against the regime, enabling the Left to gain momentum over the liberal opposition. The momentum was then with the Sandinistas, who reunited and created, the following month, the new “Patriotic National Front” (Frente Patriótico Nacional — FPN) in which they were the politically dominant force. The “proletarian tendency” therefore focused on organizing mass working-class organizations in urban areas, gaining the support of industrial workers with the perspective of launching a swift insurrection when the conditions to do so would be met. In January 1979, Somoza turned down the proposals of the liberal opposition. First, it analyzes the process of de-democratization that has been taking place in Nicaragua since 2000. Those years also saw the forming of “ties” — I wouldn’t call it an alliance — with the head of the Catholic Church, Cardinal Obando. Check out the entire series. CONTENTS. Over the 1980s, major social progress was made in the areas of health care, education, improving housing conditions (even if they remained rudimentary), fuller rights to organize and protest, as well as access to credit for small producers (thanks to nationalization of the banking system). That year saw the victory of an authentic revolution in Nicaragua that combined a popular uprising, self-organization of cities and neighborhoods in rebellion, and the action of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional — FSLN), a political-military organization inspired by a Marxist-Guevarist/Castroist model. Our editors will review what you’ve submitted and determine whether to revise the article. As a dependent country aligned with the United States, Somoza’s Nicaragua received a massive amount of foreign lending in the 1970s. A nine-member National Directorate, composed of three comandantes from each faction, was then set up to lead the FSLN and set policy for a governing junta that was headed by Daniel Ortega. Conservative Party delegate to the RN Assembly. After seven weeks of fighting, Somoza fled the country on July 17, 1979. Further, the mandatory conscription of the country’s youth was unpopular. This has also enabled the Sandinistas to develop a wide following in many countries. A number of rural organizations linked to Sandinism (UNAG, ATC, etc.) Future pension benefits for the close to one million workers affiliated to the pension system would be based on a less favorable calculation, resulting in deep cuts in benefits. Trade unions launched a general strike and Sandinista barricades were set up in Managua and cities acoss the country. Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega was reelected as president in 2006, 2011, and 2016. In August another general strike was called. Furthermore, the development of capitalist production in the country with the economic development of the 1950s and 1960s had given rise to an agricultural and industrial proletariat, constituting respectively 40% and 10% of the active population by 1978. Radical Sandinismo and the Vanguard Regime. Member of the five-person RN Cease-fire Commission responsible for negotiating a cease-fire with the Sandinistas under the terms of the August 1987 Guatemala peace accords. Of course, responsibility for the outbreak of the war lies exclusively with the enemies of the Sandinista government, which had no choice but to confront the aggression. 1, Tucson, AZ 85713. While some austerity measures were withdrawn, others remained; part of the Sandinista grassroots were disgruntled by the terms of the settlement. The achievements of the Sandinista government between 1979 and 1990, while they allowed for significant improvements of the living conditions of most of the Nicaraguans, did not break with the export-oriented extractivist model dominated by big capital. Although the situation has improved since 1979 under the Sandinista government, significant issues remain. Nicaragua and the Sandinistas since 1979. Further, the four other members of the national leadership did not form a bloc to oppose the continuation and deepening of the errors. Contracting of internal and external debt has been pursued under the same conditions that favor the creditors through the interest payments they receive and that allow them to impose policies in their favor through blackmail. Since 1979, there has been a plan to neutralize democracy in Costa Rica. They were joined by Tomas Borge and Bayardo Arce of the “prolonged people’s war” faction. Priority should have been given to small (and medium) private farms, distributing property titles and providing material and technical aid to the new campesino owners. Posted on November 25, 2020 by Age of Revolutions. From the outset, U.S. officials opposed the new regime, claiming that it … Subsequently mass arrests took place and several hundred people, labelled as “terrorists” by the government, remain imprisoned, some tortured and forced to give false confessions. With that they obviously stopped resisting and struggling for all the things they had once believed in. These were the measures that sparked a mass protest movement, at first mainly composed of students and young people. Summary "Robert J. Sierakowski's Sandinistas: A Moral History offers a bold new perspective on the liberation movement that brought the Sandinista National Liberation Front to power in Nicaragua in 1979, overthrowing the longest-running dictatorship in Latin America. Since 2007, the policies which have been implemented by Ortega and Murillo have looked more like the policies pursued by the three right-wing governments that succeeded one another between 1990 and 2007 than a continuation of the Sandinista experience from 1979-1990. They argued that since the rural populations would not directly witness the imperialist endeavor, they would not join the guerrillas in massive numbers. It sparked tremendous anger among the liberal opposition as well as among the population. A few days later Alemán returned the favor by ensuring that the parliamentary group of the Liberal Party he led voted for the election of a Sandinista at the head of the National Assembly. About 500,000 people were homeless, more than 30,000 had been killed, and the economy was in ruins.  Free Books! This resulted in the Right’s victory in the February 1990 election. The Sandinista victory rekindled the idea of insurrectionary struggle among the young fighters battling against the dictatorships and repressive regimes of Latin America. 8/1/19 10:22 AM. By mid-1979 the FSLN controlled everything except the capital, and a month later Somoza resigned. A leader of the Nicaraguan Creoles. Finally, the “Terceristas,” whose main figures included Daniel Ortega and his brother Humberto, also advocated an insurrectional strategy, but were open to tactical alliances with the liberal factions of the bourgeoisie opposing Somoza. The Sandinistas' total Somoza railed against the intervention, and there followed the Sandinista Revolution. Let us know if you have suggestions to improve this article (requires login). Its members are called Sandinistas [sandiˈnistas] in both English and Spanish. Improving and increasing the domestic and regional market would have made maximum use of organic-agriculture methods. 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