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    In Nicaragua, government troops say they have repulsed a Sandinist guerrilla attempt to seize the northwest city of Chinadega.

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    GV INT President Anastasio Somoza walking up to microphone and speaking to pressmen in Spanish. (2 SHOTS)

    SV & CU Somoza speaking in Spanish and pointing to map. (2 SHOTS)

    CU Somoza speaking in English and press listening. (3 SHOTS)

    SOMOZA:"What's happening in my country is the effect of a desire of the President of Venezuela, Carlos Andres Perez, to overthrow this country...with the complicity of Costa Rica and Panama. These people, the people who oppose this government, duly elected by popular vote, have been armed by arms supplied by Carlos Andres Perez's government, by arms supplied by the government of Omar Torrijos, and by bases supplied by the government of Rodrigo Carazo. Now, I could consider that a group of (INDISTINCT) could cross the border and, let's say, the willingness of the revolutionary, but when groups of 100 and 300 men cross the borders, well-armed, with 50-calibre machine guns, with automatic weapons, with mortars, with jeeps, with trucks, there is nothing to be doubted that the Costa Rican government had a complicity in this engagement."

    President Somoza has said that the latest guerrilla offensive is bigger than that of last September which resulted in a general uprising being crushed by the National Guards - the equivalent of the army in Nicaragua. The guerrillas called for a general strike from Monday (4 June) but the President warned workers not to strike, saying the government would take action against them with the "greatest severity" allowed by law.

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    Background: In Nicaragua, government troops say they have repulsed a Sandinist guerrilla attempt to seize the northwest city of Chinadega. But on Monday (4 June), fighting was reported to be continuing in southern Nicaragua near the Costa Rican border. And on Saturday (2 June), president Rodrigo Carazo of encouraging the left wing guerrilla activity.

    SYNOPSIS: President Somoza made his accusations at a press conference in Managua. Speaking first in Spanish, he claimed the guerrillas were receiving sophisticated arms from Costa Rica and had recaptured a hill from government troops. The Nicaraguan head of state said president Carazo was aiding the communist movement in Nicaragua because of commitments undertaken with communists in his own country.

    President Somoza also charged that an international brigade of Panamanians, Venezuelans, Colombians and Spaniards was being trained in Costa Rica to invade Nicaragua. The President then repeated his accusations in English.

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