In Nicaragua, President Anastasio Somoza has forbidden military officers to leave the country. An order?
GV PAN From Lake Managua TO bodies & burned corpses at bottom of hill.
CU PAN From bones in ashes UP TO unburned body
CU Pull back FROM body with wrists tied TO other bodies alongside
TV & CU Red Cross officials inspecting bodies ( 3SHOTS)
SV PAN Officials climbing back up hill TO waiting troops on foot & in jeep ( 2 SHOTS)
SV Red Cross official walking away.
CU Pull back to GV INT Nicaraguan flag on wall with deputies seated in chamber.
SV & CU Chairman (CENTRE) address deputies ( 2 SHOTS)
SV & LV Deputies seated ( 3 SHOTS)
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Background: In Nicaragua, President Anastasio Somoza has forbidden military officers to leave the country. An order issued on Tuesday (10 July), said officers could only board international flights if they carried papers signed personally by President Somoza. Thousands of people have already flown out of Nicaragua to escape the bloodshed of the civil war.
SYNOPSIS: On the shores of Lake Managua, meanwhile, the bodies of more Sandinista guerrillas have been discovered in wasteland bordering the capital. Last month six dead Sandinistas were found there, and their bodies were burned by the health authorities. On Sunday ( 8 JULY) a further nine corpses turned up.
Red Cross officials who inspected the scene believe that the guerrillas had been captured and shot by National Guardsmen, who dumped the bodies near the lake. Spent ammunition from weapons used by the National Guard was found nearby. President Somoza himself has announced that prisoners will no longer be taken by his troops-- a clear warning to guerrillas of their fate if captured. Since the first killings, most Sandinistas have pulled out of Managua to concentrate on a build-up of forces near the capital.
As the Red Cross officials made their inspection, they were watched by National Guardsmen who had arrived in a jeep with a 50 millimetre machine gun mounted on the front. The President of the Nicaraguan Red Cross condemned the killings. Ironically, the bodies were discovered only 400 metres from the National Palace--meeting place of Nicaragua's Parliament. But since the civil war entered Managua, deputies have met in a more secure building.
On this occasion there weren't enough deputies to form a quorum when they arrived to discuss the government's future. Proposals made by the United States to form a compromise government acceptable to both sides in the civil war have since been rejected by the guerrillas. Many government officials have left Nicaragua on what they described as 'official missions'--and failed to return.