On July 9 and 10 in Nicaragua's capital, Managua, marches both for and against the ruling Sandinista government were held.
GVs & SVs Pro-government marchers with placards chanting slogans as they go through streets (3 shots)
GVs Marchers pass through streets in city centre
LV Demonstrators PULL BACK Church supporters assembling for demonstration
GV Church supporters in anti-government march carrying crucifix (3 shots)
SV Woman on knees on pilgrimage in support of Church
GV Pro-Church demonstrators waving flags and chanting slogans
SV Marchers carrying crucifix
SV Archbishop Obando y Bravo speaking as children listen (SPANISH SOT) as Padre Carballo (Church spokesman) listens (3 shots)
GV Crowd listening
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Background: On July 9 and 10 in Nicaragua's capital, Managua, marches both for and against the ruling Sandinista government were held. On July 10, scores of demonstrators, led by Daniel Ortega, marched to support the government. This followed a demonstration the preceding day by anti-government supporters, under the auspices of the Catholic Church. The focal point of the July 9 march was a speech by Archbishop Obando y Bravo, which was heard by the church spokesman, Padre Carballo, and scores of supporters. The "New York Times" reported that following the increasing government control over political opposition and internal dissent, the archbishop had emerged as one of Nicaragua's main unofficial leaders. When people experienced difficulties, he had said, they turned to God. The two diametrically-opposite marches reflected divisions both inside and outside Nicaragua. Since the spring, the government has been fighting an army, estimated at 10,000 men by the United States' State Department, made up right-wing Nicaraguan rebels from neighbouring Honduras. President Reagan has admitted that the United States has been arming and supplying the rebels, called Contras, in an attempt to prevent arms passing through Nicaragua to El Salvador, where the government is also supported by the U.S. administration. Tension rose in the area wen Foreign Minister Miguel d'Escoto said recently that the United States was planning to send troops to Nicaragua to back up a possible invasion by the Contras.