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Nicaragua's aging Sandinista fighters demand better pensions

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 00:50

Hundreds of former rebels who brought Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega to power hit the streets to demand better veteran benefits. No reporter narration.

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(ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) Hundreds of former fighters behind the Sandinista revolution that brought Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega to power demanded their fair share of pension payments as they took to the streets of Managua on Tuesday (August 22). Ortega was the leader of the Sandinista movement that toppled the Somoza family's brutal dictatorship in 1979. Fighters who took part in the revolution said they are the reason Ortega, who won reelection in 2011, is where he is today. They demanded better pensions, housing, and healthcare under Nicaraguan Law 235, which guarantees the rights of retired veterans and those disabled by the Nicaraguan resistance movement. "Commander (Daniel Ortega), we're still alive and we want a dignified resolution," demonstrator Carlos Garcia said, adding that many of his comrades had been horribly injured in the fighting. Ortega was elected president in 1984 at the height of the war but was voted out in 1990 and then spent 16 years in opposition before bouncing back to power. He had gradually toned down his radical rhetoric and styled himself as a devout Christian by the time he won the last election in late 2006.

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Nicaragua's aging Sandinista fighters demand better pensions

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 00:50