The Nicaraguan government are expected to use Miskito Indian prisoners to harvest tobacco.
SV Nicaraguan Minister of Interior Tomas Borge Martinez at news conference
SV Mr. Borge welcomed to prison camp by Sandinista guards (3 shots)
SV PAN Prisoners and Borge speaking to them at night (SOT) (5 shots)
GV Prisoners applauding Borge after speech and back to Borge (2 shots)
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Background: The Nicaraguan government are expected to use Miskito Indian prisoners to harvest tobacco. On February 17 the Minister of the Interior, Tomas Borge Martinez, visited 300 Miskito prisoners at a jail in Managua. He told them they were to be transferred to other facilities on February 23. He said the new facilities would be of the "open type" and that their families would be able to visit them. The new facilities are in tobacco growing country and it was expected they would be used to harvest the crops. The news of the transfer was received well by the Miskitos and they cheered Mr. Borge Martinez after his announcement. Many other Miskitos have been forcibly resettled by the government well away from their villages. Most of the prisoners come from the northeastern province of Zelaya which borders with Honduras. Others who fled into Honduras have mounted frequent cross-border raids. Early in February the Sandinista army of the Nicaragua said it had killed 73 counter-revolutionaries who crossed into Zelaya. This coincidence with a report of 6,000 Honduran and United States troops on manoeuvres in the Gracias a Dios province of Honduras which borders with Zelaya province.