A crowd of about 1,000 people commemorating the killing in 1978 of a union leader under the former dictatorship of President Anastasio Somoza marched through the streets of the Nicaraguan capital on January 9 chanting anti-Cuban and anti-Soviet slogans.
TV People marching through streets of Managua with banners, etc. (2 shots)
GV PAN SHOT FROM THE REAR of Marchers
SV Marchers with leader talking into megaphone
GV Procession led by helmeted motorcyclist as people watch (2 shots)
GV Marchers assembled in cemetery and listening to speaker (2 shots)
SV Mother and baby watch as demonstrators move towards tombs of General Secretary Luis Medrano Flores and Pedro Joaquin Chamorro (2 shots)
GV Demonstrators placing wreath on graves (2 shots)
GV PAN Demonstrators applauding
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Background: A crowd of about 1,000 people commemorating the killing in 1978 of a union leader under the former dictatorship of President Anastasio Somoza marched through the streets of the Nicaraguan capital on January 9 chanting anti-Cuban and anti-Soviet slogans. This was the first time anti-Communist feelings had openly been voiced in Managua since the overthrow of the Somoza government by the revolutionary Sandinista coalition in July 1979. The country's trade unions and major political parties were also represented at a ceremony held at the graves of Luis Medrano Flores, a former General Secretary of the trade union, the Central Unificada Sindical (CUS), and the then director of the newspaper La Prensa Pedro Joaquin Chamorro. Both men died at the hands of gunmen hired by President Somoza. Anti-Communist feelings are rising in Nicaragua, where economic and political uncertainty under the left-wing Sandinista government is making life difficult. The country has a serious shortage of foreign exchange, brought about by low prices of its main agricultural exports. Threatened by anti-revolutionary pressures from abroad, the government's rearmament policies are also meeting with increasing resentment at home.