Nicaraguan students from Managua University have been visiting villages near the capital in a recruiting drive for the Sandinistan government forces.
GV Student in shanty town speaking to villagers asking them to join forces -- villagers shouting agreement and marching away (2 shots)
GV & SV Student addressing villagers (2 shots)
GV Sandinistas playing guitars and singing, villagers joining in (4 shots)
GV Tomas Borge Martinez, Minister of Interior, pinning insignia on newly-promoted soldiers, shaking hands with troops and walking into podium with Rafael Cordova Rivas, member of the ruling junta
GV Soldiers on parade
GV People applauding as Borge speaks from podium
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Background: Nicaraguan students from Managua University have been visiting villages near the capital in a recruiting drive for the Sandinistan government forces. Many of the villagers, living in shanty towns and in extreme poverty, have joined the Nicaraguan army in an effort to help drive out the growing numbers of right-wing guerrillas who have been attacking villages in the isolated border areas, which form nearly 50 per cent of Nicaragua's territory. The guerrillas -- mainly based in Honduras -- are the remnants of the former National Guard, under President Somoza, who was ousted by the Sandinistas in 1979. The Minister of the Interior, Tomas Borge Martinez, has been giving new insignia to promoted members of the army. He greeted the forces in Managua, and took the salute from troops -- which included men and women -- together with Rafael Cordova Rivas, a member of the ruling junta. Later he addressed the soldiers and spectators at the ceremony. The ruling junta has accused the US of supplying arms and encouragement to exiled opponents of their regime in Honduras.